Canadian census data shows rise in number of households with multiple generations of families – National
The latest slice of data from Canada’s census shows that more people are living alone than ever before, but the number of households where roommates live together or multiple generations of a family share a home is growing rapidly.
Statistics Canada said Wednesday that 4.4 million people lived alone in 2021, up from 1.7 million in 1981. About 15% of all adults aged 15 and over lived alone in 2021, the highest proportion on record. .
However, the number of homes shared by roommates increased by 54% between 2001 and 2021, the fastest growth of any household type.
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Living with roommates was more common in the inner cities of larger urban centres, especially in cities with large post-secondary institutions.
The census also revealed that the number of homes shared by multiple generations of a family, two or more families living together, or one family living with people they may or may not be related to has increased by 45% over the past 20 years. years.
These households numbered nearly one million in 2021, or 7% of households in Canada.
Common-law couples on the rise
Canadians are increasingly likely to live in common-law unions rather than formally marry, the data also showed.
About 23% of Canadian couples who live together are unmarried. The agency says that over the past 40 years, the number of common-law couples has increased by 447%.
During the same period, the number of married couples increased by only 26%.
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According to Statistics Canada, the country now has the highest proportion of common-law unions in the G7.
He says it’s partly because of the union’s popularity in Quebec, where 43% of Canada’s common-law couples live.
Census figures paint a statistical portrait of Canadian military and veterans
The data also showed there were 97,625 Canadians serving in the military last year and another 461,240 former members.
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The figures shared are primarily intended to fill in the gaps in existing data on the country’s veterans.
The agency says there was a lack of comprehensive data on veterans to ensure proper allocation of money by the federal government to former members, their families and other beneficiaries of the program.
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Over the past few years, Statistics Canada has worked with federal agencies and others to paint a more complete picture of veterans, examining their overall health and well-being.
However, the scope has often been limited to contemporary veterans who were released from military service after 1998.
The statistics agency hopes the new figures will provide much-needed information about veterans who served in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the Korean War and World War II.
Revenues increased in 2020 as part of the use of pandemic benefits
Canadians also got to see how government support measures such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit affected incomes at the start of the pandemic.
Canadian incomes rose everywhere in 2020 except Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, as millions received pandemic supports, according to new census data from Statistics Canada.
The agency reports median after-tax household income was $73,000 in 2020, up 9.8% from its last national survey five years earlier, in part due to fewer job losses. well paid.
Although fewer Canadians received employment income during the pandemic, census data suggests that job losses were partly offset by COVID-19 benefits, as about two-thirds of Canadian adults have received payments from relief programs.
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The number of Canadians earning less than $20,000 rose by more than 415,000 as many lower-paying jobs disappeared.
But the low-income rate has declined overall, and the number of Canadians who reported no income fell by almost a million from 2019.
Experts had warned that the income data, which is based on Canada Revenue Agency tax and benefit records, would form a complicated picture of the start of the pandemic and should be seen as a snapshot in time.
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