The baby-boom period (1946 to 1965) was a time when couples married relatively young and by current standards had large families.
Today, the trend for an aging population continues, and there are more couples without children.
During the Great Depression the rate fell, presumably related to high unemployment and negative economic conditions.
During and following the Second World War there were fewer single men, which lowered the number of marrying couples.
However, between 20, the number of common-law couples rose 51.4 per cent, which is more than five times the increase for married couples over the same period.
( History of Marriage and Divorce.) The overall number of young people who are marrying is decreasing and the average age for both men and women when they first marry has been gradually rising.
Also, couples are less likely to marry early and have children.
Marriage ceremonies are performed either by clergy during a religious ceremony or during a civil ceremony.
What has remained stable is that grooms are generally two years older than brides.A common-law union occurs when two people live together in a conjugal relationship, generally for at least a year (or more depending on the province they reside in).Common-law couples in Canada have many of the same legal, parental and financial rights and obligations as married couples.In 1961, 92 per cent of Canadian families were headed by married couples.By 2016, this number had declined to 65.8 per cent — a change mostly due to the rising popularity of common-law unions.