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Mother’s Day... by the numbers

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2013

Mother’s Day is May 12.

Here are selected facts on mothers in Canada.

(Last updated: May 10, 2013)


Mothers in Canada

  • 9.8 million — The total number of mothers in Canada (including biological, adoptive and stepmothers) in 2011.
Number of mothers in Canada (including  biological, adoptive and stepmothers), by province, 2011
  Number ('000) Percent
Canada 9,821 100
Newfoundland and Labrador 164 1.7
Prince Edward Island 43 0.4
Nova Scotia 293 3.0
New Brunswick 226 2.3
Quebec 2,279 23.2
Ontario 3,783 38.5
Manitoba 349 3.6
Saskatchewan 305 3.1
Alberta 1,059 10.8
British Columbia 1,320 13.4

Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 2011.

  • 4.1 million — The number of mothers in Canada with children under 18 living with them (including biological, adoptive and stepmothers) in 2011.
Number of mothers in Canada  with children under 18 living with them (including  biological, adoptive and stepmothers), by province, 2011
  Number ('000) Percent
Canada 4,088 100
Newfoundland and Labrador 55 1.3
Prince Edward Island 16 0.4
Nova Scotia 106 2.6
New Brunswick 81 2.0
Quebec 910 22.3
Ontario 1,596 39.0
Manitoba 162 4.0
Saskatchewan 127 3.1
Alberta 510 12.5
British Columbia 525 12.9

Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 2011.

Source: General Social Survey - Family, 2011 (Cycle 25).


Time with the family

Average time that women spent per day with their family.   

  • 421 minutes — The amount of time that women spent per day with their family in 2010.
  • 374 minutes — The amount of time that women spent per day with their family in 2005.
  • 403 minutes — The amount of time that women spent per day with their family in 1986.

Source: General Social Survey.


Newborns

  • 377,636 — The total number of live births registered in Canada in 2011.

Source: “Births and stillbirths, 2011,” The Daily, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.


Maternity and parental leave

  • 89% — The proportion of all new mothers in 2011 who were employed before giving birth, unchanged from 2010.
  • 29% — The proportion of recent fathers who took parental leave in 2011, little changed from both 2009 and 2010.

Source: “Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011,” The Daily, Monday, November 5, 2012.


Adoptions

  • 537,000 — The number of people in Canada who reported in 2011 that they had adopted children.
  • 59% — The percentage of people who adopted a child and who had at least one biological child.

Source: General Social Survey - Family, 2011 (Cycle 25).

  • 2,100 — The number of international adoptions in Canada in 2009. China remains the primary source country for adoptions.

Source: Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, Migration, International, 2009.


Stepfamilies

Stepfamilies were counted for the first time in the 2011 Census of Population.

  • 464,335 — The number of stepfamilies with at least one child aged 24 and under in 2011. They represented 12.6% of the nearly 3.7 million couple families with children.

Of these stepfamilies, 271,930 were simple stepfamilies, that is, those in which all children are the biological or adopted children of one and only one married spouse or common-law partner in the couple and whose birth or adoption preceded the current relationship. They accounted for 7.4% of couples with children.

The remaining 192,410 were complex stepfamilies, consisting of all other stepfamily types. Complex stepfamilies accounted for 5.2% of all couples with children.

Source: 2011 Census of Population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives.


Thanks, Mom!

  • 284.6 million — The number of cut flowers (including alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, daffodils, freesia, gerberas, iris, roses, snapdragons, tulips, lilies, lisianthus and other cut flowers) produced by greenhouses in Canada in 2011.

Source: CANSIM, table 001-0049.


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