In Focus 2019: Long-lasting Relationships in Canada

While the proportion of families experiencing separation, divorce and uncoupling is higher today than in previous generations, new data from the 2017 General Social Survey (GSS) shows that among older Canadians, long-lasting relationships remain common across the country.


  • In 2017, approximately 7 in 10 (68%) of Canadians aged 55 and older were in a couple (7.5 million).
  • In 2017, approximately 7 in 10 Canadians aged 55 and older in couples were in a long-lasting relationship of 30 years or more (5 million).
  • In 2017, half of adults aged 75 and older in a couple had been in their relationship for 48 years or more.

To discuss modern couples and family relationships with Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks, please book an interview by contacting
[email protected].

Many of the topics covered in the GSS, as well as data from this survey, will be explored at the Families in Canada Conference 2019 on March 27 and 28, 2019 – a national, pan-Canadian event hosted by the Vanier Institute of the Family where organizations that study, serve and support families will gather for two days of knowledge-sharing and catalytic conversation. REGISTER TODAY!


Published on March 13, 2019

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