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Marital Status and Family Structure

The traditional family has remained prevalent in Peel. However, Peel is also experiencing strong growth in non-traditional family types.

In 2001, 57.4 per cent of Peel's population aged 15 years and older were married. This percentage has decreased slightly from 58.1 per cent in 1996. Conversely, the percentage of divorced individuals has risen slightly from 5.2 per cent to 5.3 per cent over the same time period.

In terms of families in Peel, 78.7 per cent of all census families included married couples (with or without children), while 56.0 per cent of all families consisted of married couples with children. This figure was down slightly from 57.7 per cent in 1996. Peel had a substantially higher rate of census families comprised of married couples with children than Canada as a whole (41.4 per cent).

The proportion of common-law status couples (or two people who live together as a couple, but who are not legally married to each other) increased to 6.8 per cent in 2001 from 6.2 per cent in 1996. This rate of growth was approximately double the growth rate for married couples. This suggests that while married couples continue to be most predominant, common-law couples are becoming more prevalent.

The number of lone-parent families in Peel has increased since 1996. In 1996, 13.0 per cent of all families in Peel were led by a lone-parent. This figure increased to 14.5 per cent (or almost 40,000 families) in 2001. Lone parent families were the fastest growing family type between 1996 and 2001, with an increase of 32.0 per cent (or 9,695 families).

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Marital Status in Peel for Population Aged 15 Years and Older


Marital Status in Peel for Population Aged 15 Years and Older

Source: Statistics Canada, 1991, 1996, and 2001 Censuses


Per Cent of Census Families by Type


Per cent of Census Families by Type

Source: Statistics Canada, 1991 and 2001 Censuses



 Other Resources

1996 Census Tables

Statistics from the 1996 Census on a variety of topics.

2001 Census Tables

Statistics from the 2001 Census on a variety of topics.

2006 Census Tables

Statistics from the 2006 Census on a variety of topics.

Ward Profiles

Information from the 2001 Census for each ward in Peel.

In-Depth Census Reports

In-depth reports on topics such as age and sex, education and earnings, home languages, households and dwellings, immigration and more.

Reference Maps

Regional orientation maps and maps of areas used for analyzing data.

Additional Data Holdings

Regional orientation maps and maps of areas used for analyzing data.

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Peel Data Centre
Region of Peel
Service Innovation, Information and Technology Department,
Information Management Division
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, 6th Flr.
Brampton, ON L6T 4B9