- According to Statistics Canada, the fertility rate declined from 1.47 children per woman in 2019 to 1.40 children in 2020.
- According to Statistics Canada, the number of births in 2020 was the lowest since 2007, with the greatest year-over-year drop since 1997.
In 2020, Canada’s fertility rate hit a new low.
According to Statistics Canada, the fertility rate declined from 1.47 kids per woman in 2019 to 1.40 children in 2020.
Statistics show that fertility rates in Canada have been continuously dropping since 2009. According to Susan McDaniel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Victoria, that shouldn’t be a reason for worry.
McDaniel, whose study focuses on demographic change, told CTVNews.ca that “the tendency is for decreased birth rates worldwide.” “It’s a positive trend. Fewer children are better for kids, fewer children are better for the parents, and fewer children are better for society, the earth, etc.”
According to Statistics Canada, the number of births in 2020 was the lowest since 2007, with the largest year-over-year fall since 1997. In the meantime, the average age of Canadian moms at childbirth has risen to 31.3 years. British Columbia and Nova Scotia had the lowest fertility rates, while Nunavut and Saskatchewan had the highest.
Although overall births are declining in Canada, the population continues to expand. Canada’s population expanded by 5.2 percent to approximately 37 million people in 2021, the fastest rate of any G7 country.
“The census demonstrates that we’re increasing,” McDaniel said, “not because of higher fertility or fertility contribution, but because of immigration.”
According to Statistics Canada, about a quarter of adults aged 15 to 49 changed their fertility intentions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, with the majority intending to postpone having children.
According to Ana Ferrer, an economics professor at the University of Waterloo, “it is not uncommon for fertility rates to drop during economic difficulty or societal instability.” “As the economy improves in the next years, we may see some improvement in fertility rates, especially if the future of the labor force includes greater options for distant engagement and flexible scheduling, which may help women better balance work and family.”
According to McDaniel, with one significant exception, the epidemic resulted in lower birth rates over the world.
“It climbed a little bit in Germany during the pandemic,” she said. “People have theorized why this is, and the solution they have come up with is that Germany has a stronger child support system.”
Source: Global News
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