02/13/2014 01:42 EST | Updated 02/13/2014 01:59 EST

Happy Valentine's Day To The 7,861,860 Couples Out There

Over half of Canada's population will spend Valentine's Day with a sweetheart this year, with more same-sex couples marking the day than ever before.

That's just one revelation from Statistics Canada which found the number of married and common-law same-sex couples grew 42.4 per cent between 2006 to 2011. The number of married and common-law opposite-sex couples only rose by 4.8 per cent over the same time period.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we thought we might take a closer look at the state of Canadian relationships: who's getting married, who's just living together, and how many of us are still waiting for the right person.

  • Most Of Us Have Someone
    There were 15,723,715 people living as couples across Canada in 2011. That included spouses, common-law and same-sex couples.
  • But Many Of Us Don't
    By contrast, there are 11,784,855 single people out there, including never-married, divorced, separated or widowed Canadians.
  • Same-Sex Families Are Rising Swiftly..
    Of all people in declared relationships, 64,575 were in same-sex couples, up 42.4 per cent from 2006.
  • With A Torrent Of Same-Sex Marriages
    The number of same-sex couples walking down the aisle nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, from 7,465 to 21,015.
  • And Common-Law Couples
    Same-sex common-law couples didn't see the same momentum. There were 43,560 in 2011, up 15 per cent from 2006.
  • Straights Shunning Marriage?
    Meanwhile, straight people just aren't coupling up at the same rate. There were only 2.9 per cent more marriages between men and women from 2006 to 2011, compared a 13.8 per cent uptick in common-law arrangements. That's in keeping with a decade-long trend: Opposite-sex marriages only increased 3.3 per cent from 2001 to 2006, while common-law relationships increased by 19.1 per cent in the same period.
  • In The End..
    It doesn't matter whether you're single, married or just living together. All that really matters is who you love, and how much you care about them.
  • Happy Valentine's Day!

This infographic illustrates the trends of marriages and common-law relationships among Canada's opposite- and same-sex couples.

Click the buttons below to see the difference.