There were about 14.36 million married people living in Canada in 2021. This is an increase from the 12.07 million married people in Canada in 2000.
Marriage requirements in Canada
Marriage in Canada is administered by the Parliament of Canada. Both religious and nonreligious ceremonies are allowed, but all marriages must be recognized by the government. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005. The minimum age of the spouses for marriage is 16, but each province is able to set their own minimum age, which could result in the minimum age being higher than 16 years old. As a result, most provinces have increased the minimum age threshold to be 18 or 19 years old, and there are very few married people between the ages of 15 and 19 years old.
Data presented here is by 'legal marital status' including persons living in common law.
Married (and not separated) includes persons whose opposite or same sex spouse is living, unless the couple is separated or a divorce has been obtained. Also included are persons in civil unions. Those who live with a common-law partner are not included in this category.
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