The new shape and definition of the Canadian family

Oct 05, 2010

A report released this week highlights the rapid changes in the composition of the Canadian family. One of the most surprising findings is that the number of couples without children has surpassed that of couples with children "and married couples with kids now represent a minority in all provinces and territories".

According to the report prepared by Vanier Institute, many families now require two incomes to make ends meet, people are putting off having children until later and many are choosing not to have children at all.

Many factors seem to contribute to this trend and discourage some couples from having children: economic uncertainty, the cost of raising children, and the uncertainty of not knowing if parents are able to both have kids and work.

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