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Various Views of Divorce & Marriage Rates in Canada

Marriage and Divorce Rates in Canada (1967-1995)

Marriage and Divorce Trends in Canada (1967-1995)

from  SELECTED STATISTICS ON CANADIAN FAMILIES AND FAMILY LAW — November 1997, Department of Justice Canada

Table 1  Number and Rates of Divorces and Marriages  -- Selected Years, Canada

Note: If you know of data that can be used to augment the table, please let me know. Walter H. Schneider < >

Number of Divorces
(per 100,000 Pop.)

(per 100,000 Pop.)

196811,343  54.856.7   
197029,775  139.8148.8   
198062,019  259.19263.7   
198790,985  355.1347.2   
199177,020  273.9274.0   
1992  79,034  281.1   
1993  78,226  278.3159,316566.7
1994  78,880  280.6159,959569.0
1996  71,528238.8  158,680529.7
1997  67,4084224.74  159,350531.9
1998  80,9984295.84    

1) Source: The Department of Justice, Child Support Initiative, Evaluation Report, August 1997 --Table 1
2) Source: Statistics Canada, http://www.statcan.ca/english/Pgdb/People/Families/famil02.htm
3) Based on Canadian population figures at end of the prior census period

          Canadian Population figures

    1961 - 1966     20,015,000
    1966 - 1971     21,568,000
    1971 - 1976     23,518,000
    1976 - 1981     24,900,000
    1981 - 1986     26,204,000
    1986 - 1991     28,111,000
    1991 - 1996     29,959,000

         Source: Statistics Canada http://www.statcan.ca:80/english/Pgdb/People/Population/demo03.htm

4) StatCan "The Daily" for: 2000-09-28
5) Source: Statistics Canada http://www.statcan.ca/english/Pgdb/People/Families/famil04.htm


    The figures on marriages in any of the years from 1993 to 1997 are not increasing with the rate of increase in the Canadian population.  It appears that roughly one marriage each year ends up in divorce for every two marriages made.  However, don't forget that for many, divorces and marriages are repetitions.
    There are many marriages that last a considerable number of years.  There are also many marriages that last only a few months, after which the unfortunate ex-husband faces a life-time of paying for something he doesn't have anymore, the family of his dreams, his  life's aspirations.  That is especially true if he is the father of one or more children which he'll seldom or often never get to see anymore.  In the time after one year after separation or divorce, 50% of children of divorced or separated families  never see their fathers again.  But, pay the fathers must, with ex-wives and children from prior marriages or unions of any kind taking precedence over the financial requirements of any and all of the ex-husband's future family circumstances.  One in five Canadian children don't have a father in their life on a regular and equitable basis.
    The liabilities that arise out of previous marriages or paternity make men who are saddled with them poor prospects for future marriages.  Those liabilities and the costs of litigation to divorced or separated fathers over child support variations, access rights to their children and false allegations of sexual abuse place second marriages under enormous stress. It should therefore be no surprise to anyone that whereas first marriages have about a fifty percent risk of ending in divorce (55% in the US), that risk becomes greater with each successive marriage (in the US, about 72% for second, and about 85% for third marriages. Canadian figures on this aren't available).

Almost 75% of Canadian divorces are being initiated by women.

An overview of social and economic indicators: Does Moral Decline Equal Economic Decline?

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1999 06 04
2000 09 28 (showed StatCan divorce statistics for 1997, 1998)
2000 12 14 (to add graph for marriage- and divorce rates)
2001 01 29 (format changes)
2001 12 13 (reformatted Table 1)
2002 03 05 (added link to Table of Contents)