Census reveals that young adults are living with their parents longer

Census reveals that young adults are living with their parents longer

Census reveals that young adults are living with their parents longer

The latest release of data from the 2016 Census traces the evolution of the modern Canadian family.

The numbers show that fewer and fewer Canadians are living in traditional households - made up of a mom, dad and kids - and more people are living alone, as part of a couple without children, or as part of a multigenerational family.

For the first time in the country's history, the number of one-person households has surpassed all other types of living situation.

And it's parents providing the support: only about nine per cent of young adults in 2012 were the primary caregiver for one or both parents, according to another Statistics Canada survey.

That mirrors trends in the United States and the United Kingdom but is still significantly lower than other developed countries.

Men are also more likely to live with their parents than women: five young men for every four young women.

The increase in multigenerational households may be partly attributed to Canada's changing ethnocultural composition. The older a kid gets, the more likely this becomes; 42 per cent of children age 10 to 14 live in a single-parent or blended household compared to 23 per cent of Quebec children under 4.

In terms of language, the census finds that Canadians are becoming increasingly diverse.

When asked what language they most often speak at home, 346,395 in the capital region replied "English".

These findings are from the third series of data in the 2016 Census.

There were 14.1 million private households in Canada in 2016, 9.5 million (67.7%) of which were composed of at least one census family. As a result, the percentage of couples living with at least one child fell from 56.7 percent in 2001 to 51.1 percent in 2016.

Another Statistics Canada survey from 2011 showed that 69 per cent of people aged 20-24 had never left their parents' house. About 29% of Grande Prairie households are occupied by couples with children. Those living with children fell to 25.5 per cent from 32.9 per cent in 2001.

The number of single-parent families has risen dramatically across the country since the 1960s, and the Swan City is no exception.

Households that comprised of just one person are at an all time high, and more Canadians than ever speak a language other than English or French at home.

In Quebec, almost a third of kids live with one parent or a step parent. Some have moved home.

As for Mississauga, the numbers are just as interesting. Some 40 per cent of Quebec couples are unmarried, versus 21 per cent in Canada as a whole. The largest proportion of common law couples versus married couples were found in Nunavut and Quebec.

First official language is defined by Statistics Canada as a citizen's primary language between English and French.

English as a mother tongue increased in Quebec to 9.6 per cent previous year from nine per cent in 2011, while English as a language spoken at home rose to 19.8 per cent from 18.3 per cent over the same period. The number of people living alone has steadily increased since 1951, from 7.4 per cent to 28.2 per cent.

European languages, with the exception of Spanish, were down.

Some 228,770 people reported speaking an Indigenous language at home, while only 213,230 reporting having an Indigenous mother tongue - evidence that more people are adopting them as a second language. That was followed by Inuktitut, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Dene and Montagnais (Innu).

Outside the Lower Mainland, Victoria and Kelowna had the highest proportion of immigrant languages as their mother tongues. "Aboriginal peoples perception of their value in the larger Canadian society and the value of their languages has gone up", she said.

That's down nearly six per cent in the last 15 years. That climb occurred after a decade of levelling off.

Official languages are not the only ones growing however with over 200 languages now spoken in Canada according to the census.

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