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The Canadian Census and family values.

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The Canadian Census defines family as "a husband and wife with or without children who have never married, or a parent with one or more children never married, living together in the same dwelling." I personally do not agree with this definition of family, it concentrates too much on the number of people that make up a family rather than the love, compassion and strength shared between a family. It is the constant love and compassion that constitutes what a family is. Numerous people feel that due to the revolutionary changes over the past twenty years, families in Canada are destined to die out. It is believed that the main reasons that they will die out are due to the increase in divorce rates, the fact that fewer people are deciding to marry and many couples are having fewer or no children at all. ...read more.


There are many single parents who love and care for their children, is this not classified as a family? If a child is better off without his or her mother or father because they cause harm to the children, does this mean they are no longer a family? In my eyes, whether or not both set of parents are living together and as long as the children are loved and cared for, it is categorized as a family. Since 1970 the number of people getting married has decreased. The number of people living alone between the ages of fifteen and thirty-four has more than doubled. We are now living in a time where women do not get married in their early twenties. Women wish to enjoy their prime to further their education, travel the world or even further their career before starting a family. ...read more.


The only sole difference would be they would be their relationship would be labeled as a marriage. Label or no label, does it make them any less or more of a family? Canada reflects a diverse multicultural society; families of different ethnicity weave together to form the society we live in. Each culture has their own values, beliefs and morals of what a family should be and how they should live. For example, an East Indian family is classified as an extended family. Grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles may all live under the same roof and all have equal say in the children's upbringing. Even if they do not live under the same roof, Aunt's are considered to be second mothers to their nieces and nephews and have equal say in their upbringing. There is also a tremendous amount of support whether it be financial or emotional from each member of the family. ...read more.

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