Jul 13, 2022

By Steve Kee

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Stats Canada released some census data today and it appears more Canadian homes are now multi-generational.

The number of homes being shared by multiple generations of a family, including adult children with parents and grandparents, two or more families or a family living with others, has shot up by 45 per cent over the last 20 years.

Also, more Canadians are living alone than at any point in the country’s history.

The latest census shows 4.4-million people lived alone last year, up from 1.7-million in 1981.

The number of households where roommates live together soared 54 per cent between 2001 and 2021.

Stats Canada also reports that 23 per cent of couples who live together are unmarried.

The agency says that over the last 40 years, the number of common-law couples has increased by 447 per cent.

Over the same period, the number of married couples rose by just 26 per cent.

Statistics Canada says this country now has the highest proportion of common-law unions in the G7.

It says that’s partially because of the union’s popularity in Quebec, where 43 per cent of Canada’s common-law couples live.

Data also reveals that incomes rose 9.8 per cent in 2020 compared with its previous survey five years earlier as millions of Canadians benefited from pandemic supports.

Statistics Canada reports that median, after-tax household income, was 73-thousand-dollars and says the increase was partly driven by the loss of lower-paying jobs.

The number of Canadians earning less than 20-thousand-dollars per year grew by more than 415-thousand as many lower-paid jobs disappeared.

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