Marriage

We humbly suggest:

  • Marriage is a key institution that seeks to integrate sex, parenthood, economic cooperation, and emotional intimacy into a permanent union.
  • Healthy and stable marriages and families are both a private and a public good.
  • Canadians should understand, value, and promote healthy and stable marriages and families.
  • We recognize and study Canada’s diversity of family structures.
  • We recognize that family membership and relationships are a defining feature of the lives of most Canadians.

Supporting Research

Living La Vida Lonely
Peter Jon Mitchell
November 12, 2018
Has the growth of online dating services and apps made finding a suitable partner easier?  The evidence suggests that fewer Canadian young adults are in marriages and cohabiting partnerships than in the past. In short, young people today are more likely to be on their own.
The Canadian Marriage Map
June 23, 2020
A compilation of data on marriage
For Love or Money?
Peter Jon Mitchell, Lita L. Day
October 21, 2021
Why do some young adults choose to marry and others do not?

Explorations

Marriage in a Dangerous Time
June 11, 2020
Join us for a webinar to examine the changing Canadian family and explore what the pandemic may mean for the future of marriage.
Marriage Made Simply Sacred
Convivium
Rebecca Darwent
July 17, 2019
Convivium’s Rebecca Darwent finds comfort that her wedding this spring wasn’t about saying “yes” to the dress. It was about affirming before God a faithful life with her husband-to-be.
Home Economics: As the Family Goes, So Goes the Economy
May 29, 2019
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Media Coverage

Peter Jon Mitchell on why young Canadians are losing faith in the institution of marriage
The Hub
November 4, 2021
Peter Jon Mitchell, Program Director for Cardus Family, speaks with Sean Speer at The Hub about our latest report on marriage: For Love or Money? Why Partnered Young Adults Marry ... or Don't. 
Why young adults in Canada embrace marriage—or reject it
Institute for Family Studies
November 3, 2021
"It’s no secret that marriage has been on the decline in Canada for decades. Young adults are increasingly cohabiting or living unpartnered, and they view marriage as nice but unnecessary for a fulfilling family life. So why do many Canadian young adults still choose to marry? Conversely, why are some resolutely against getting married?" writes Peter Jon Mitchell.
Young Canadians say
The Epoch Times
October 27, 2021
"Nearly half of Canadian young adults who intend to marry say proving their love and devotion will be the primary motivation for doing so, says a new report from think tank Cardus."  Photo by Devi Firdaus on Unsplash

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