Is Canada ready for the change?
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New figures from Statistics Canada show that fertility there has decreased for the third year in a row. It hasn’t been above the replacement level of 2.1 children since 1971, and was just 1.61 children per women in 2011.
It seems that in Canada tough family finances are getting in the way of people having more children, even though they would actually like to do so. This needs to change if we are to overcome the problem of population aging. What is most interesting, however, is that Canadians would actually like to have more children – so there is the potential for change. The World Values Survey found that the mean ideal number of children for Canadian families was 2.7, compared to the 1.63 they are currently having (the replacement rate is 2.1).
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