Thursday, October 11, 2012

Census shows couples without kids outpacing those with them

Two’s company for a growing number of Canadian couples, with the latest census data showing an ever-widening gap between households with children and households without them. The latter outnumbered the former for the first time in 2006, and the latest numbers reveal that trend has only magnified in the years since.
Though our aging population explains part of the phenomenon, with many baby boomers’ kids having reached adulthood and left home, analysts say the big picture is more diverse. Overall, Canadian families are getting smaller, fertility rates are declining, and many couples are either delaying starting families or snubbing the reproductive imperative altogether.