Montreal leads the way in terms of people living alone

Montreal leads the way in terms of people living alone
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As noted in a Montreal Gazette report, Montreal’s 41% of people living on their own exceeds the national average of 27%, with only Vancouver even coming close in comparison.

The percentage of people living alone in other major Canadian cities includes:

  • Vancouver (38%);
  • Toronto (32%);
  • Halifax (29%);
  • Ottawa (28%);
  • Calgary (26%).

According to experts, some of the most prominent reasons why Montreal leads the way in terms of solo living include:

  • An aging population that leaves more widows and widowers;
  • A high number of students in a university city;
  • Young families moving out of the city to cheaper suburb homes;
  • Declining immigration;
  • Declining birthrates in Quebec.

As a result, one expert warns that Montreal may be showing signs of a pending crisis in terms of its social infrastructure, as single Baby Boomers grow old and the strain on social services exceeds preparedness.

Edited on 15 August 2017

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