2016 Census Release Highlights Family Diversity in Canada

Families in Canada are becoming increasingly diverse, according to data released today by Statistics Canada. The 2016 Census release on families, households and marital status provides an overview of the current “family landscape” in Canada as well as broader trends over time.

In addition to analytical products such as highlight tables, infographics and a video overview of families in Canada at Confederation and today, three short Census in Brief articles focus on the evolution of families and family life from coast to coast to coast:

Young adults living with their parents in Canada in 2016

Learn about modern family living arrangements in Canada:

  • Modern Families, Modern Living Arrangements: Part 1, Part 2 (Transition articles)


Portrait of children’s family life in Canada in 2016

Learn about children, diversity and family relationships in Canada:


Same-sex couples in Canada in 2016

Learn about same-sex couples in Canada:


The Vanier Institute shares evidence-based, evidence-informed and evidence-inspired stories and research findings, working with organizations such as Statistics Canada to explore modern families through diverse resources and publications. Read more about our relationship with Statistics Canada by reading their blog post Learning about Canada’s diverse families through Nora Spinks from the Vanier Institute of the Family.

To arrange an interview, contact Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks at 613-724-8500 or 613-228-8500, ext. 219, or by emailing ceo@vanierinstitute.ca.


Learn more about the evolution of families and family life in Canada with the following resources:


Published on August 2, 2017


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