The traditional definition of family is changing in Canada, with four in 10 first marriages ending in divorce, according to a new study.
For the first time in Canadian history, there are more unmarried people than legally married people age 15 and over in this country, says the study from the Vanier Institute of the Family released Monday in Ottawa.
It was based on data from the 2006 census, and some of the information has been reported in the years since.
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“Marriage is still a vitally important part of the experience of families in the fabric of our country and most young people do aspire to marriage,” said Clarence Lochhead, executive director of the Vanier Institute, adding that even people who have divorced or separated will end up partnering up again.
“We just have to come to grips with the diversity that actually is within our experience. Then we need to find ways to address and take on the challenges that face families, but do it in an inclusive way that makes sense for the reality and not some ideal notion of what a family is or ought to be.”