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Most of the national-level family and household trends revealed by the 2006 Census were also evident at the provincial/territorial level. For example, married-couple families remained the most common census family structure across the country. However, they were not growing as quickly as other family structures. In addition, the number of one-person households and households comprised of couples without children grew faster than the number of households comprised of couples with at least one child.
These patterns are related to population aging, which also affects every part of Canada. This relationship between aging and the proportion of households containing couples without children also accounts for the fact that Ontario, Alberta, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut were the only provinces and territories where households with couples and children still outnumbered households comprised of couples without children. They have younger populations including a high proportion of children and a low proportion of seniors (See Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006, by Age and Sex: Provincial/Territorial populations by age and sex).
Even with these many similarities regarding families and households, there were still many differences among Canadian provinces and territories.
Table 4 Distribution of census families by family structure, Canada, provinces and territories, 2006
Table 5 Distribution of households by household structure, Canada, provinces and territories, 2006
Table 6 Growth rate of census families by family structure, Canada, provinces and territories, 2001 to 2006
Table 7 Growth rate of population in private households by household structure, Canada, provinces and territories, 2001 to 2006