Posted by: Tony Carson | 13 September, 2007

The changing face of family

The nuclear family in Canada has exploded into a few bits and pieces.

Sure the once stereotypical married mum-dad couple is still at the centre but that centre is less dominant and perhaps even under attack.

The statistics from the 2006 Canadian Census indicate that the number of married-couple families increased only up 3.5% since 2001 to 6.1 million, compared to the numbers of common-law partners which leaped 18.9% to 1.4 million.

The new bit however, reported in this AFP article Gay couples increasing in Canada, is with same-sex couples which have tripled in the past five years even though they still only represent 0.6 percent of all the country’s couples, which compares with Australia 0.6% and New Zealand 0.7%.

There are 45,345 gay couples in Canada of which 7,465 had married after the inauguration of gay marriage laws in July 2005.

More than half, some 53%, of the gay married couples were men. A bare majority of Gay couples tended to live in the country’s three largest cities, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

The census also revealed that more people are choosing to live together without exchanging vows, with the number of married-couple families only up 3.5 percent since 2001 to 6.1 million, compared to the numbers of common-law partners which had leapt 18.9 percent to 1.4 million.

The number of single-parent families also surged 7.8 percent to 1.4 million compared to the previous census carried out in 2001.

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