Title:Families count: profiling Canada’s families IV.
Corporate Author: The Vanier Institute of the Family
Subject:Family – general|split|Family – statistics
Publisher:The Vanier Institute of the Family
Place of Publication:Ottawa
Date of Publication:2010
Within the pages of Families Count: Profiling Canada’s Families IV, readers will discover the many ways in which the structural, functional and affective dimensions of family life have changed. Today’s families are smaller. Adults wait longer to marry if they do so at all. Common-law unions are no longer just a preliminary or trial stage before marriage but, for many, an alternative to marriage. On average, Canadians wait longer than did their parents or grandparents to have children. They are more likely to separate or divorce. In less than a lifetime, the dual- earner family has gone from an exception to the norm, and a growing number of women are primary income earners within their families. In contrast to the past when most children growing up with only one parent were living with a widow or widower, the children growing up today with a lone parent are most likely to have another living parent, albeit a mother or, as is most often the case, a father living elsewhere. All of these changes, and many others, can only be understood against the backdrop of wider social and economic trends: the evolution of a global economy, increasing respect for human rights, the emancipation of women, the migration of populations between and within countries, as well as from the country into cities, and the many technological innovations that have so profoundly changed the ways in which we work, play, communicate, and care.