Census reveals that young adults are living with their parents longer

  • Census reveals that young adults are living with their parents longer

Census reveals that young adults are living with their parents longer

Canada is increasingly becoming a multilingual nation.

According to figures released Tuesday morning, 27.5 per cent of the province's residents had a non-official language as their mother tongue.

The rate of English-French bilingualism was 18 per cent a year ago, the highest ever. Data from the Canadian Community Health Survey shows that 26.7 per cent of Canadians are considered to be obese in 2015. However, from 2001 to 2016, multigenerational households rose the fastest (+37.5%) of all household types, well above the increase of 21.7% for all households. As far as solo residents go, 44,960 households are occupied by a single person.

There are more single dads than ever before, more Millennials living with their parents, and more same-sex couples - married and common law, with children and without. In 2001, the same group made up 24.7 per cent of the census families in Barrie; in 2006, the level was 24.5 and in 2011, 24.2 per cent.

The phenomenon is particularly visible in Toronto and Oshawa, where nearly one young adult in two has still not left their childhood home.

French as both a mother tongue and a language spoken at home declined Canada-wide. "That, combined with immigration, are probably the two factors that explain why we see this growth in English speakers".

There may be a cultural expectation that adult children welcome their parents into their home, or a need for grandparents to provide child-care, or a push to split living expenses in the face of a housing crunch, Spinks said.

Statistics Canada noted more and more young adults have been choosing to stay with Mom and/or Dad since 2001.

Statistics Canada found that in youth ages zero to 14, 55,970 speak Aboriginal languages at home while only 44,000 have them as mother tongues. The share of Canadians living by themselves has quadrupled since the mid-20th century, from just under two per cent of the total population in 1951 to 14 per cent in 2016.

"Young adults may be living with their parents because they never left home or because they returned home". But "one-person households accounted for 28.2 percent of all households in 2016 - the highest share since Confederation in 1867".

Besides one-person households and households comprised of at least one census family, a small share (4.1%) of households were comprised of two or more persons who were not members of a census family, such as roommates or siblings living together.

The other major trend in Barrie can be seen across the country: there's a rise in people living alone.

At the top of the charts: people living alone, which accounted for almost one person in three in the country (28.2 percent) a year ago.

According to Statistics Canada's The Daily, the percentage of people living alone hit an all-time high.

By contrast, the ratio of couples with children fell from 31.5% of all households in 2001 to 26.5% in 2016.

But, for the second consecutive census period, Tagalog (the language of the Philippines) was the fastest growing with the number of people who speak it rising by 35 per cent between 2011 and 2016. The prompt asks people to be more specific.

Statistics Canada attributes the trend to an increase of women in the workforce, higher separation and divorce rates, and longer life expectancies - seniors are more often single than people in younger age groups.