Third set of results from 2011 Census of Population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling and collective dwellings

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September 12, 2012

OTTAWA — A decade ago, a portrait of Canadian families taken by the 2001 Census at the outset of the 21st Century showed notable changes in the makeup of families.

For example, the proportion of married couples with children was on the decline, whereas families with no children at home were increasing. Common-law unions were growing in popularity, and more children were being raised in common-law or lone-parent families.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Canadians get their first look at the nation's new family portrait as Statistics Canada releases the third set of data from the 2011 Census of Population.

The 2011 Census report, Portrait of Families and Living Arrangements in Canada, describes how families and living arrangements have changed during the past ten years, from the perspective of both families and children. The analysis will update trends for married couples and common-law couples—including both opposite-sex and same-sex couples—as well as for lone-parent families.

As part of this release, counts of stepfamilies and foster children will be available for the first time, providing a more detailed picture of census families.

Additional reports will analyze developments in families during the past 50 years; the type and growth of households; the living arrangements of young adults in their 20s; and the living arrangements of seniors.

Information in tabular format will also be available on marital status, structural type of dwelling and collective dwellings.

All products will be available on Statistics Canada's website at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on September 19.

For more information, contact Media Relations at 613-951-4636 or

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