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Unit 4: Family Law

CHAPTER 13: MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND FAMILY MEDIATION

E-ACTIVITY: STATISTICS ON THE CURRENT COMPOSITION OF THE CANADIAN FAMILY (p. 384)

Activity: Chart and Consider Statistics on the Canadian Family

Overall, the composition of Canadian families is changing. Compared with the past, proportionally fewer families can be classified as traditional nuclear families. What significant characteristics and trends can you see? Investigate statistics and consider your findings.

  1. Visit the Statistics Canada Web site for statistics on the Canadian family. To complete the chart below, examine the Web sites’ statistical charts for
    • the number of families and their average size

    • number of persons in families by family size

    • persons in families and persons not in families—for Canada and for your province or territory

    • family structure—for your province or territory

    Click here if you would like to download the organizer.

CANADIAN FAMILY STATISTICS CHART
How many families are there in Canada? What is their average size?
 
Since 1971, what has been the trend in family size?

 

Compare the number of husband-wife families with lone-parent families.

 

Since 1971, which category of number of persons in the family (e.g., 4-person families) has had the biggest increase? Which category has had the biggest decrease?

 

What is the total number of persons in families in Canada? What is the total number not in families?

 

What is the average family size (number of persons in a family) in your province or territory?

 

Compare the number of families with married couples with the number of families with common-law couples for your province or territory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What conclusions can you draw from your chart?

  1. Identify any possible uses of this data.
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