More young Windsor adults living with parents: Census 2016
Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:04PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:38PM EDT
More Canadians are living alone than ever before.
That's just one snapshot of the changing family landscape from Canada's 2016 census figures.
But the statistics released Wednesday also show Windsor-Essex has the fourth highest rate of 20 to 34 year olds who still live with their parents.
That number is 43 per cent, the fourth highest in Canada, only behind Toronto, Hamilton and Oshawa.
The United Way of Windsor-Essex is not surprised by the data.
Executive Director Lorraine Goddard tells CTV Windsor it is hard for new graduates in the region to get full-time, permanent work. Knowing that, she says it’s hard for these people to sign a mortgage or new lease.
“We do know there are high student debt loads,” says Goddard. “There is precarious work for young people and generally a lack of opportunity.”
The census data for all of Ontario shows more than 42 per cent of young adults live with a parent.
Census numbers also show that 34 per cent of one parent families, led by women, live in one of seven priority neighbourhoods in Windsor.
The United Way says those include residents with low income and food insecurities. Goddard says there is also higher crime and a lack of economic development.
Goddard says continued investments in these areas are crucial to change the data.
“We need to look at investments and solutions to help people lift themselves up,” says Goddard.
She adds they will use the census figures to better identify where support is needed most in the community.
The 2016 census also shows same-sex couples across Canada have increased by more than 60 per cent over the past decade. More than 30 per cent of these couples are married, and 12 per cent have children.
The latest data also shows Canadian couples are choosing not to have children at a higher rate.
Immigration makes up two-thirds of Canada's population growth.
As a result, more Canadians claim a language other than French or English as their mother tongue.
But bilingualism in the two official languages is also on the rise, as 18 per cent of Canadians say they speak English and French. That is an all-time high.