More and more young adults in Canada continue living under their families' roofs.
The 2011 Census Report of Population shows that 42.3 per cent of the 4,318,400 young adults in Canada, aged between 20 to 29, still live at home.
The report found that young adults stayed at home either because they never left their nests in the first place or returned after living somewhere else — most likely living near campuses for school. The proportion, however, is a slight drop from 2006 when at least 42.5 per cent of young adults were still living at home.
"I stayed at home because it was more cost efficient so I only had to pay for courses, books and transportation," Megan Gallant, a Toronto early childhood educator, told the Huffington Post Canada.
Still at home today, Gallant says she wanted to move out but didn't want to get sucked into pay high rent prices in Toronto. "It sucks of course being an adult and living at home, but I managed. I'm an only child and my parents would keep me home forever if they could, so no issues there," she said.
Gallant also got engaged recently, and says saving for her wedding and moving didn't go hand-in-hand. "I did have money saved up, then I got engaged, so all my money went to the wedding," she says. This move toward marriage actually runs counter to the Census 2011 findings, where more couples are in common-law relationships than getting married.
Like Gallant, more Canadian young adults found living at home a reasonable option to save for their futures. The report found that adults most likely lived with their parents for a source of emotional and financial support. However, other reasons for staying in the family home could include not being in a relationship, cultural preferences, the cost of housing, pursuit of higher education or finding a job in today's economy, Statistics Canada found.
Across Canada, the highest proportion of young adults living in their parental homes in 2011 was in Ontario with 50.6 per cent while Saskatchewan and Alberta had the lowest proportions.
When it came down to age, young adults in their early twenties were more likely to live at home compared to those in their later twenties. One of these 20-year-olds is Hinal Ghelani of Toronto.
"I live at home but my parents prefer it that way. I think I'd probably like to live on my own or at least move so that I'm closer to campus but it's cheaper and a cultural preference for my family," Ghelani says.
The census found that more men (47 per cent of them) in their twenties lived at home, compared to 38 per cent of women. Most of these young adults also had never been legally married, but 2.1 per cent also had a spouse or common-law partner at the parental home.
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Married couples remained the predominant family structure (67.0%) in Canada in 2011, but the share has decreased over time. The 2011 Census of Population counted 9,389,700 census families in Canada, up 5.5% from 8,896,840 families in 2006.
Lone-parent families increased eight per cent from 2006 to 2011. Interestingly, growth was higher for male lone-parent families (+16.2%) than for female lone-parent families (+6.0%). About 8 in 10 lone-parent families were female lone-parent families in 2011 (12.8% of all census families), while male lone-parent families represented 3.5% of all census families.
The number of same-sex married couples nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, reflecting the first five-year period for which same-sex marriage has been legal across the country. Same-sex common-law couples rose 15.0%, slightly higher than the 13.8% increase for opposite-sex common-law couples.
The 2011 Census counted stepfamilies for the first time. Of the 3,684,675 couples with children, 87.4% were intact families--that is, they were comprised of two parents and their biological or adopted children-- and 12.6% were stepfamilies.
The State Of Seniors
Among the population aged 65 and over, the majority (56.4%) lived as part of a couple in 2011; a higher proportion than a decade earlier in 2001 (54.1%). More than 7 in 10 senior men (72.1%) and over 4 in 10 senior women (43.8%) lived in a couple in 2011. Among seniors aged 65 to 69, 70% lived as part of a couple in 2011, although this was higher for men (77.9%) than for women (62.7%). For the oldest age group, aged 85 and over, fewer seniors were in couples. Still, more than one-fifth (21.9%) of this age group lived with a married spouse or common-law partner: 46.2% of men and 10.4% of women.
The 2011 Census counted foster children for the first time. The majority of foster children reported in the 2011 Census were aged 14 and under (29,590 or 61.8%). A total of 17,410 households contained at least one foster child aged 14 and under. Of these households, 45.1% included one foster child, 28.8% included two foster children and 26.2% included three or more foster children.
Between 2006 and 2011, the number of common-law couples rose 13.9%, more than four times the 3.1% increase for married couples.
The Kids At Home
The 2011 Census of Population showed that 42.3% of the 4,318,400 young adults aged 20 to 29 lived in the parental home, either because they never left it or because they returned home after living elsewhere. This proportion changed little from 2006 (42.5%). However, it was higher than in preceding decades: 32.1% in 1991 and 26.9% in 1981.
The 2011 Census counted 64,575 same-sex couple families, up 42.4% from 2006. Of these couples, 21,015 were same-sex married couples and 43,560 were same-sex common-law couples.
Couples Without Children
Between 2006 and 2011, couples with children living at home continued to fall as a share of all census families. In 2011, 39.2% of census families were couples with children, whereas 44.5% were couples who did not have children, a widening of the gap first observed in 2006.