"Policymakers who feel more comfortable talking about metrics than marriages need to understand that marriage could be one of the most important metrics." --Dr. Brad Wilcox, sociologist
On Tuesday, February 25 at noon, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada proudly releasesd new research about marriage in Canada. We know marriage is declining in Canada, but how? Peter Jon Mitchell and Philip Cross revealed in their research The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians that marriage has declined more amongst those of lower income. In short, marriage has declined most in the group that could benefit from marriage most.
This lunchtime briefing highlighted the results of this research conducted for the first time in Canada. Did you know that marriage is a powerful protector against poverty? Did you know that marriage is accessed unequally between Canadians of different income brackets?
This research was made possible through the generous support of Stronger Together Grants
About the authors
Peter Jon Mitchell
Peter Jon Mitchell is a senior researcher at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada. His research and writing reflect his prior hands-on experience working with youth, focusing on youth and family issues including parental influence on teen sexual choices, family involvement in the youth criminal justice process and education.
Philip Cross is a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Prior to joining MLI, Mr. Cross spent 36 years at Statistics Canada, specializing in macroeconomics. He was appointed Chief Economic Analyst in 2008 and was responsible for ensuring quality and coherency of all major economic statistics. He is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Dating Committee.