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Study finds 40 per cent of Canadian marriages end in divorce

Unmarried people outnumber the married for first time ever


A new study has found that, for the first time ever, Canada is home to more unmarried people over the age of 15 than married ones. Moreover, according to research by the Vanier Institute of the Family, Canada’s divorce rate now stands at a whopping 40 per cent. The study also found that most couples are increasingly likely to be childless, and that common-law families are the fastest growing type of family. The survey was based on the 2006 census, and points to the recession as a source of stress on families, suggesting debt and poverty are driving men to work longer hours away from their homes.

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Study finds 40 per cent of Canadian marriages end in divorce

  1. Oh for pete's sake, enough with the sensationalistic headlines.

    A "whopping" 40% is actually down from the 70s when it was calculated at 60%, so where's the context?

    And in either case, this number tells us nothing important really, because the percentage varies depending on the age of the people marrying and the education level of the woman in the relationship.

    Women over the age of 28 with a college or university education have a MUCH lower divorce rate, roughly half, while those who are younger with high school education or less have a much higher rate of divorce than the average.

    Seems to me that's an important point to note if we're going to discuss the topic at all.

    If the media can't be bothered to point important factors like this, then why bother reporting anything at all?

    • Good points Phil. I too wondered at the 40% figure, since I'd understood that generally the rate has been closer to 50%, and for some time now. WTF?

      • And btw, interesting article you linked to.

    • However you want to look at the number, it's not good for anyone, especially the kids….60% of marriages failed in the 70%, not sure where you got that number from.

      • Check the link I provided. Dr. Heller quotes it in the preamble.

        Let's keep in mind though that the 60s and 70s was a period in which our old values and new values collided, and a lot of people in unhappy marriages found their excuses in the prevailing social narrative to abandon their vows.

        I'm not old fashioned per se, but to me, if you're going to make the vows and have children, one should work to honour the vows as best as possible.

        • Phil_King , your dead on the money…..My wife and I were married in 1977, were quite young, Me 20, her 17..(no she wasn't with child.) We had a large group of close knit friends (10 couples ) that all got married around the same time. Out if all of us there is only one other couple that are still married. We are still all close friends and have heard all the excuses, married to young, poor employment, but for the most part they all seem to agree on one thing,,that they all ''could'' have tried harder to honour thier vows and make it work. Most everyone see each other regularly and are close friends..just not Husband and Wife. My sweetheart and I celebate 33 yrs in November .

    • Maybe they should have highlighted the increasing # of lone parent families as well.

    • there were roughly half as many divorces as weddings in the late 70s and early 80s. this was often reported as a 50-60% divorce rate, but that was a miscalculation (journalists not being the world's brightest bulbs) since many divorces were from older marriages that had begun in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. at the time there was not very good data on the total number of residual married couples each year. now there is.

  2. seems to be the blueprint of a dying society

  3. What is the point of marriage?

    • To always have somebody who will laugh at you jokes even if they aren't funny…Seriously, what better way to enjoy your lifes Journey than to have someone you love share it with you ?

      • So you cannot share a laugh nor tears without a signed paper telling you to?

        • LOL.. That '' signed paper'' question is so old, and is usually asked by someone who has a fear of being in a long term relationship, or has had one fail on them and said, ''we were only living together anyway ! '' But to answer your question: The paper doesn't tell us what to do, our love for each other does, but we like the paper bit, We even like the sound of'' Wife'',or ''Husband'' vs.'' Common law spouse''. Common Law Spouse sounds..well, cold…but to each their own.

        • A $100 bill is a piece of paper. A deed of land is a piece of paper. A pay cheque is a piece of paper. A country's constitution is a piece of paper. Anyone who dismisses marriage as a piece of paper might as well write off all pieces of paper. It's what the piece of paper represents that matters (to state the very, very, very obvious!) I hope I don't sound too condescending, but I am surprised that anyone still disparages marriage as just a piece of paper.

  4. It all depends what your definition of "marriage" is. Marriage is not necessarily the legal document or the religious obligation in this day and age. I think this is the reason the rate of common-law families are on the rise. The commitment to live honourably with another and raise children together is more marriage than anything. I know many people who are more "married" in their common-law relationship today than they ever were when legally "married" in the past.

    • I don't think that waxing philosophical about the possible meanings of marriage is called for here. The study is definately refering to the man + woman type of marriage.

  5. 100% of marriages end badly, it's either divorce or death. So there you go….

  6. The author of this article needs to upgrade his math skills! The 2006 cencus clearly indicates the percentage of divorce amongst "married" people at 11.7% (once calculated) and amongst "common-law" people at 33% (again, once calculated). You CANNOT add the two percentages together to get 40%! You must re-calculate the figures to adjust the percentage, which is more accurately 14% when combined. Geesh! Do your homework or consult an accountant!