Portrait of households and families in Canada

Release date: August 2, 2017
Infographic: Portrait of households and families in Canada
Description: Portrait of households and families in Canada
Portrait of Canadian households
Type of household Percentage
Multigenerational household 3%
Other family household 4%
Non-family household of two or more 4%
Lone-parent family 9%
Couple without children 26%
Couple with children 26%
One person household 28%
Common-law unions
Area Percentage
Footnote 1

Highest percentages of common-law unions in Quebec and Nunavut.

Return to footnote 1 referrer

Canada 21%
N.L. 17%
P.E.I. 15%
N.S. 19%
N.B. 21%
Que.Footnote 1 40%
Ont. 14%
Man. 16%
Sask. 16%
Alta. 17%
B.C. 17%
Y.T. 32%
N.W.T. 37%
Nvt.Footnote 1 50%

35% of young adults in Canada aged 20 to 34 living with their parent(s) - close to 1 in 2 in Oshawa and Toronto.

More seniors living as a couple in 2016, fewer living alone
  Living as a couple Living alone
Note: Private households only, excludes nursing homes and residences for senior citizens.
2001 58% 29%
2016 63% 26%

Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population.

Date modified: