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Ontario: Census 1996: Family Characteristics

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Geography:Ontario
Account:Demographics
Information:Census 1996: Family Characteristics
Data Source:Compiled by the Community Accounts Unit based on information provided from the Census of Population 1996, Statistics Canada.
Copyright:Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Figures may not add to totals due to random rounding.

a For the 2001 Census, a change in the concept of census family has resulted in a higher number of lone-parent families compared to the number established by the 1996 Census. There is an apparent increase of approximately 10% in the number of lone-parent families between 1996 and 2001 due solely to the change in concept. For more information click here.

Legal Marital Status
A person's conjugal status under the law (e.g. single, married, widowed). Legal marital status data are derived from the responses to Question 4 (Marital Status) on the census questionnaires.
Never married (single)
Persons who have never married (including all persons less than 15 years of age) and persons whose marriage has been annulled and who have not remarried.
Separated, but still legally married
Persons currently married, but who are no longer living with their spouse (for any reason other than illness or work) and have not obtained a divorce.
Divorced
Persons who have obtained a legal divorce and who have not remarried.
Widowed
Persons who have lost their spouse through death and who have not remarried.

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      1996

     
    Marital Status
     
    Total individuals age 15+ reporting marital status8,429,215
    Married (including common-law)5,077,100
    Never married2,228,510
    Separated244,530
    Divorced395,230
    Widowed483,840
     
    Family Size
     
    Total number of families2,932,725
    2 persons1,240,140
    3 persons659,255
    4 persons701,015
    5 or more persons332,320
     
    Family Structure
     
    Total husband-wife families2,511,025
    Married2,283,115
    With children at home1,417,240
    Without children at home865,870
    Common-law227,910
    With children at home97,050
    Without children at home130,860
     
    Total lone-parent familiesa421,705
    Female parent355,035
    1 child200,365
    2 or more children154,675
    Male parent66,665
    1 child43,050
    2 or more children23,615

    Notes:

    Figures may not add to totals due to random rounding.

    a For the 2001 Census, a change in the concept of census family has resulted in a higher number of lone-parent families compared to the number established by the 1996 Census. There is an apparent increase of approximately 10% in the number of lone-parent families between 1996 and 2001 due solely to the change in concept. For more information click here.

    Source: Compiled by the Community Accounts Unit based on information provided from the Census of Population 1996, Statistics Canada.

    Copyright: Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency
    Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

    Data last updated on March 7, 2017

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