Basic Composition of Canadian Household is Changing

Basic Composition of Canadian Household is Changing:

Single Parent Homes on the Rise


Global News recently reported that Statistics Canada just released its data from last year’s Census survey (98% of households completed the survey). “Canada is home to more single-person households, more single dads and more same-sex parents than ever before, new census data reveals.

“One of the most striking patterns in the data was linked to single Canadian fathers. The number of children living with just their dad grew much faster (up 34.5 per cent since 2001) than the number of those living with a lone mother (up 4.8 per cent). This difference partly reflects the increasing acknowledgement of the role of fathers and their parental responsibilities in Canadian society and the legal system,” Statistics Canada noted in a summary of the findings.

It is much more common for dads to be awarded joint custody (parenting). Other findings included a spike in same-sex couples, common-law relationships and multigenerational homes.

Read Global’s report