Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Marriages and Divorces by Conjugal Status


A student has found the number of married people by opposite sex and same sex from the 2011 and 2006 Census and is wondering if the number is available annually and at the provincial level. She is also wondering if data on divorce of opposite sex and same sex is available.

It appears that Justice Canada took over Vital Statistics from StatsCan and at that point, all that lovely marriage and divorce data disappeared


Thank you for your question on the number of married people by opposite sex and same sex.

These numbers are not available annually. The census, every five years, is providing numbers on these topics, and the 2016 Census data on opposite-same sex married people will be disseminated on August 2nd, 2017. 

No data is available from Statistics Canada on divorces as this program was terminated back in 2008.

For the Vital Statistics question, I can confirm this with subject matter but from what I gather, it appears that Statistics Canada underwent a strategic review in 2008. As such, Statistics Canada made the decision to discontinue the collection and dissemination of national marriage and divorce data. 

The Department of Justice Canada is responsible for collecting the divorce data through the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings and, as such, has the divorce data ( Data on marriages are still being collected by the provincial and territorial vital statistics registrars.