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
Missing Marriage and the Baby Carriage
Peter Jon Mitchell
June 23, 2021
A Cardus research brief highlighting unpartnered young adults and the decline of fertility in Canada.

Explorations

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.
Why is Sex Ed Silent About Marriage?
Convivium
Andrea Mrozek
September 5, 2018
Meet Ontario’s new old sex ed, same as Ontario’s old new sex ed, writes Cardus Family Director Andrea Mrozek. Meanwhile, Mrozek notes, the proven, enduring good of marriage gets crickets.
Speaking Up for Marriage
Convivium
Peter Jon Mitchell, Andrea Mrozek
May 14, 2018
New poll numbers show more than half of Canadians no longer believe marriage is necessary. But as Cardus Family’s Peter Jon Mitchell and Andrea Mrozek point out, leading Canadian voices backed by impeccable social science research are debunking that destructive myth.

Media Coverage

The Protestant family ethic
American Enterprise Institute
September 16, 2020
What do Protestant, Catholic, private, and public schooling have to do with marriage, divorce, and non-marital childbearing? AEI cites Cardus research as they break down the data around school outcomes.
Incurred benefits of married people
AM770 CHQR Calgary
July 15, 2020
Few of us would claim marriage is unimportant, regardless of whether we like or dislike the institution. So why did Statistics Canada stop collecting data on marriage? Bringing Cardus research into the conversation, Peter Shawn Taylor, Senior Features Editor for C2C Journal, joins the Danielle Smith Show to discuss.
Love in the time of COVID
Macleans
July 13, 2020
A Maclean's editorial unpacks how most people thought that there would be a baby boom as well as a spike in divorces after the Great Lockdown of 2020. Neither of those predictions seem to be coming true.  “Historical evidence suggests we won’t see a spike in divorces,” notes Peter Jon Mitchell, acting program director of Cardus Family. “After the 2008 recession, for example, the divorce rate in Canada appeared to stay even, or may even have declined.”

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