And, "the higher number of multigenerational households may also be related to housing needs and the high cost of living in some regions of the country", said the report.
According to figures released Tuesday, 27.5 per cent of the province's residents had a non-official language as their mother tongue.
Lowest level of households with children on record Single-person households have therefore dethroned the standard Dad, Mom, and children family as the most common Canadian household.
With 2017 marking Canada's 150 birthday, Statistics Canada is highlighting how Canadians' lives at home have evolved since Confederation.
The changing family dynamic in Canadian households is the result of demographic shifts like population aging and increasing cultural diversity. The evolving living arrangements and families of Canadians can also have consequences, for example on the housing market, on caregiving and care receiving and on intergenerational relationships.
How, and what, census data is collected has also evolved over the years. "It measured common-law unions for the first time in 1981, same-sex couples in 2001, and foster children and stepfamilies in 2011". That's up from 33.3 per cent in the last census five years earlier and from 30.6 per cent in 2001.
Statistics Canada says one-person households has been rising steadily since Confederation. (No, they're not thrilled about it, either.) The percentage of young people with families of their own has dropped to 42 per cent from 49.
The share of one-person households increased the most in the Atlantic provinces compared to the rest of the country during the past 15 years, the latest census data from Statistics Canada shows. In Germany, for instance, 41.4 per cent of people lived alone in 2015.
Canada's 35.15 million people are getting older; there are now more seniors than children under the age of 14. In 2016, almost 14 per cent of all Canadians over the age of 15 lived alone, compared with 1.8 per cent in 1951.
In fact, single-occupant households (28 per cent of the total) across Canada now outnumber those with parents and children (26.5). Between 2001 and 2016, the proportion of young women living with one or both parents rose twice as quickly as the proportion of young men choosing the same. And an equal proportion of households are made up of couples with no kids as couples with children. And, the younger a person is, the more likely they are to live in the family home.
The trend is even more pronounced in the capital region, where one-third of our dwellings have just one resident. And about 12 per cent of those same-sex couples were parents in 2016, up from 8 per cent in 2001, with biological, step- and adopted children comprising their families. Twelve percent of same-sex couples had children living with them. But, between 2006 and 2016, that increased by 60.7 per cent, compared with an increase of just 9.6 per cent for heterosexual unions.
The proportion of couples living common law was higher in Canada than in the United States, where 5.9% of couples were in non-marital cohabiting unions (in 2010). In general, cities with a higher-than-average proportion of young adults living with parents are found in the Greater Toronto Area and B.C.'s Lower Mainland. This is mostly due to population aging.