Thirtysomethings drive 2005 birth rate to seven-year high

The Canadian Press

Ottawa — Canada recorded its highest number of births—and its highest total fertility rate—in seven years in 2005, thanks mostly to women in their 30s.

But Statistics Canada says the total fertility rate is still far below replacement-level and less than half what it was 60 years ago.

Canada's total fertility rate in 2005 was 1.54 children per woman, an increase from 1.53 in the previous year and the highest rate since 1998.

But that's is still well below what is known as replacement-level fertility, which is 2.1 children per woman, and way behind the 3.6 in 1947.

In total, 342,176 babies were born in 2005, up 1.5 per cent from the previous year and more than double the 0.6 per cent increase in 2004.

The number of births dropped to a 55-year low in 2000 but, except 2002, has risen every year since — largely because most babies were born to parents belonging to the echo generation (the children of baby boomers) had entered their prime childbearing years as of 2001.

At the height of the baby boom in 1959, the number of annual births exceeded 479,000, the highest level since comparable Canada-wide vital statistics were first compiled in 1921.



  1. You (Ottawa Mens, from Ottawa Capital of Male Gender Apartheid, Canada) wrote: M A L E A P A R T H E I D is why we have a negative population growth. Just when is the Canadian parliament going to recognize that Canada has a very serious social economic problem brewing, and, without a change in the semi-official policy of male gender apartheid future Canadians will have to support an increasing percentage of the older population. Canada needs at least 2.1 to maintain the same population but right now its 1.53 , that is we need an immediate increase in the birth rate of 25% and without which we have a problem that is more immediate and more serious than global warming or HIV. The primary reason is that men are afraid to have children. With 50% of marriages ending in divorce, a very large number of fathers are permanently alienated from their children and reduced to lives of semi-poverty. 80% of custody cases result in a mother getting custody with the father reduced to the role of an occasional visitor while having similar accommodation costs and being burdened with many of the children’s expenses because he is reduced to the role of an occasional entertainer and that costs money. These costs are not factored into child support guidelines as they are in other countries such as Australia. Canada needs to solve this by a legal presumption of equal parenting after divorce. Children need both parents. That is, the children deserve the right to live equally with both parents after separation. Right now, we have a judiciary that thinks its politically correct to treat men as second class human beings and in many cases use illegal means to prevent fathers from litigating the best interests of children by reason of draconian restraining orders that have nothing to do with protection of women but to permanently banish fathers from Cities in Candada simply to end litigation by a father that feminist judges feel inappropriate but have no legal reason to do so. 613-797-3237