The 2006 Census report shows just how households in Saskatchewan are made up. How many couples, kids, and singles?


Some very interesting numbers this week from Statistics Canada as we take a look at how families are made up in Saskatchewan.

According to the Family Portrait Report 73 percent of Saskatchewan families consist of a married couple while the national average is 69 percent.

Assistant Regional Director for the Western Region Larry Deters explains out migration is highlighted in the report.

"I think we have a situation where there are the younger folks, under the 15 year age mark, that we do very well with as far as the young population. Where we struggle a bit is with the early working age group in the 20's that are leaving in some extent to find work."

Numbers from the 2006 Census show just 32 percent of young adults were living with their parents. The national average is 44 percent.


Here is a copy of the report as presented.

2006 CENSUS REVEALS CHANGING MAKEUP OF SASKATCHEWAN FAMILIES: Lowest growth of census families in the country



REGINA – Statistics Canada today releases a "family portrait" of Canadians using the third set of data from the 2006 Census. This release examines developments in families, marital status, households and living arrangements in Canada between 2001 and 2006, and how children fit into these evolving family structures. In addition, it provides information on the number of same-sex couples, both those living in a common-law union and, for the first time, those who are married.

New census data released today reveals continued changes in the makeup of Saskatchewan families. The number of census families in Saskatchewan increased only 0.7% to 267,460 between 2001 and 2006, far below the national average (+6.3%). Saskatchewan was also the only province, along with Newfoundland and Labrador, to experience a decline in its population in private households during the intercensal period.

The number of common-law-couple families in Saskatchewan increased 14.3%, while the number of married-couple families declined 2.1% between 2001 and 2006. About 72.6% of Saskatchewan families consisted of married couples, higher than the national average of 68.6%, while common-law-couple families accounted for 10.8%, compared to 15.5% nationally. 16.6% of Saskatchewan families were lone-parent families, higher than the national average of 15.9%.

Saskatchewan had a fairly high proportion of children aged 14 and under in skip-generation families, that is, with a grandparent and no parents or middle generation, (1.3%), nearly triple the national average of 0.5%. Overall, about 2.7% of children in this age group did not live with married, common-law or lone parents, one of the highest proportions among the provinces.


Saskatchewan had a low proportion of young adults aged 20 to 29 living in the parental home in 2006 (31.8%), well below the national average of 43.5%. Saskatchewan has experienced out-migration of its young adult population to Alberta, which could be one factor contributing to this pattern.

2006 Census Families and Households Data Canada Highlights and Saskatchewan Quick Facts summarizing the data contained in today’s release are attached.

Comprehensive data, thematic maps as well as a detailed analysis of the findings titled Family Portrait: Continuity and Change in Canadian Families and Households in 2006 are now available at Statistics Canada’s website (

Conducted every five years, the census provides a statistical portrait of the nation’s population at a particular point in time. Additional results, including Canadians’ language composition, education, occupation, ethnic origin and other characteristics, will be released over the next eight months.

Statistics Canada thanks the people of Canada for participating in the 2006 Census.