Canada has a baby-making problem

Missing marriages, empty baby carriages

Canada has a baby-making problemWedding industry vendors are reporting a boom in bookings – or at least south of the border according to the Associated Press. Couples who waited out the pandemic are booking their big day, as are those who married during the pandemic but are now planning celebrations with family and friends. The increased bookings are likely…

Why marriage matters to Canada’s sagging fertility rate

There are several reasons why declining marriage is a concern, including a host of better social, economic, and health outcomes

Why marriage matters to Canada’s sagging fertility rateWedding industry vendors are reporting a boom in bookings – at least south of the border, according to the Associated Press. Couples who waited out the pandemic are booking their big day, as are those who married during the pandemic but are now planning celebrations. The increased bookings are likely due to a pandemic backlog…

The value of the marriage bond in times of crisis

The value of the marriage bond in times of crisisHeadlines warn that Canadian family courts will be overwhelmed with couples seeking post-COVID-19 divorces. But Canadian marriages won’t just survive the COVID-19 crisis. They’ll thrive. Here’s why: Most couples will lean into their relationships, not pull back. The lockdown has caused significant stress on families around finances, educating children and caring for family members while…

Child benefit program pays dividends but presents hurdles

Governments need to be careful that benefits don’t discourage social institutions that strengthen families and communities

Child benefit program pays dividends but presents hurdlesParents will receive an increase in the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) this month. The program has been widely credited with reducing child poverty, yet the benefit is not without challenges. The cost-of-living adjustment boosts the maximum compensation for a child under age six to $6,639 annually and maximum compensation for children between the ages of…

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care funding

It will make care more affordable, recognize that parents have a right to choose and be relatively cost-effective

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care fundingThe tug of war over child-care funding in Canada is entering a new chapter, thanks largely to Ontario’s latest provincial budget. The province announced new tax rebates for child-care costs – almost irrespective of the type of care chosen. While the policy may not be perfect, its implementation will signify an important shift in the…

Why we should respond to the lure of wedding bells

There are sharp differences in family life satisfaction and perceived relationship stability between married and cohabiting parents

Why we should respond to the lure of wedding bellsAs surely as spring arrives this month, wedding season won’t be far behind. But the peal of wedding bells signifies more than just the formalization of a relationship, according to new data from the Global Family and Gender Survey (GFGS). Statistics Canada numbers also shed light on the issue. In short, there are sharp differences in…

Canadians have forgotten what marriage is and why it matters

As studies show that we're delaying or choosing not to get married, we need to recognize the overwhelming value of marriage

Canadians have forgotten what marriage is and why it mattersDating apps abound – and the new Facebook Dating is getting into the game in Canada – but all the technology in the world hasn’t changed a significant social trend: Young adults are the forefront of dwindling and delayed marriage in Canada. Even increasing common-law relationships haven’t picked up the slack. Young Canadian adults are…

Why marriage still matters

From health to wealth, from personal happiness to better outcomes for children, the benefits of traditional relationships are many

Why marriage still mattersBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Canadian supporters of marriage are speaking up – and not a moment too soon. In a recent Angus Reid Institute survey, about 56 per cent of Canadians said, “marriage is simply not necessary” to form a lifelong relationship. Almost the same proportion (57 per cent) went on…

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving society

A healthy marriage contributes to family stability so there’s a need for recovery of the institution. But how?

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving societyBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus You could sugar-coat the newly-released 2016 Census data on families, households and marital status by applauding the rise of family diversity in Canada. Yet family diversity is so often a euphemism for family breakdown, which is something that’s generally painful. A more honest take on the Statistics…

Discomfort with death and grief is a modern ailment

Modern western society could use more, rather than fewer, religious communities integrated into public mourning

Discomfort with death and grief is a modern ailmentThere’s an old story sometimes shared during eulogies about an elderly women planning her funeral. “Bury me with a fork,” she tells her minister. “Yes, but may I ask why?” he inquires. She explains that as a child, when the dishes were cleared from the table, the forks were occasionally left behind. She came to…