More people living alone than ever before

The number of people in Canada who speak Arabic has grown 30 per cent since the previous population census in 2011

More than 1 million children, or 19.2 per cent, were living in a single-parent family in 2016, up from 17.8 per cent in 2001.

Statistics Canada has released the latest data on families and languages from the 2016 Census showing how we are evolving as a society.

That mirrors trends in the United States and the United Kingdom but is still significantly lower than other developed countries.

According to a study done on the disintegration of food habits, if you're a single, you are more likely to skip breakfast, and singles in B.C. are three times more likely to skip breakfast compared to the rest of the population.

The percentage nation-wide of one-person households is now 28.2%, up from 25.7% in 2001.

In terms of language, the census finds that Canadians are becoming increasingly diverse.

Other data released by Statistics Canada today includes a look at families as well as language spoken in the home.

This is higher than both the national and provincial numbers.

About 43% of Grande Prarians aged 15 and up are married and 15.8% are living in common law relationships.

Statistics Canada attributes the increase, in part, to "Canada's changing ethnocultural composition", as well as "housing needs and the high cost of living in some regions of the country".

Meanwhile, the family dynamics of Canadians are changing. However, in 2016 there were still more couples living with children than without. Census families are defined as married or common-law couples, with or without children, and lone-parent families.

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In 2016, more than a million Canadian children - about three in every 10 - lived in a single-parent family.

From 2011 to 2016, the number of couples living without children rose faster (+7.2%) than the number of couples with children (+2.3%). The most common type of household is now composed of a single person living alone. Some have moved home.

As for Mississauga, the numbers are just as interesting. A decade after same-sex marriage became legal in this country, a third have chosen to tie the knot. The national average was 51.1 per cent.

Nova Scotia led the pack with 85,275 common law couples previous year, up from 77,075.

Much of the language knowledge in Aboriginal communities was lost during as a result of residential schools.

Close to one-third of British Columbians now report neither English nor French as their mother tongue, Statistics Canada data show.

The number of people who reported being divorced was up in all of the Atlantic provinces in 2016, compared to 2011. Fewer than 3,000 residents, or 4.5%, speak a non-official language most often in the home.

During that same period, the number of young people living with families of their own dwindled to 41.9 per cent, down from 49.1 per cent. During that same period, however, the number living with their father grew 34.5 per cent.

European languages, with the exception of Spanish, were down.

The Greater Toronto Area and Lower Mainland have higher costs of living and higher housing costs than other parts of Canada, which would likely make living with parents more appealing. That was followed by Inuktitut, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Dene and Montagnais (Innu). It was the sixth most common language spoken at home in B.C., after Tagalog, with 72,805 speakers in 2016. We are more alone, but still reliant on each other.

In 2016, families with adult kids made up nearly 41 per cent of the families in Barrie, which is up from 35.2 per cent in 2011.

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