Post # 1
I came across an article, and found a few things interesting.
Gen Y (born 1977-1994) make up 27% of Canada’s population.
21% are married and 34% are parents.
I find it really interesting that there percentage of parents is higher than those married. I would have thought there would be enough young married couples who aren’t having kids, or just haven’t had them yet to outweigh the parents who are single/common-law/divorced.
Post # 3
I wonder what the numbers would be if Quebec was excluded. From what I’ve come across many of them are happy to just stay in a common-law type relationship and not get married.
Post # 4
I think more and more people are having children outside marriage for whatever reason. I think it’s pretty commonplace here in the United States too. AND more and more people are having children with more than one person.
Edit: I think there are a variety of reasons for this. One, many people do not believe in the legitimacy of marriage as a stepping stone to having children. Secondly, strong social programs make it easier and actually better to be a single parent. Lots of social programs actually favor single parents.
Post # 5
That’s true, I just don’t personally see many unmarried parents in the Gen Y age group.
I don’t know if the percentage would increase or decrease in the next few years, some people decide to get married a few years after having kids.