Albertans are unlikely to live alone, they live more with people

New data from Statistics Canada suggests that Alberta is the province with the second lowest percentage of residents living alone.

According to data released Wednesday, only 13% of adults in Alberta lived alone in 2021. Ontario was the only province to report a lower share, at 12%.

The lowest percentage of adults living alone in Canada was in Nunavut (8%), while the highest proportion was in Quebec (19%), as has been the case since 1996.

Statistics Canada found that single-family dwellings are on the rise in Canada, with 4.4 million people living alone in 2021, up from just 1.7 million 40 years earlier.

“This represented 15% of all adults aged 15 and over in private households in 2021, the highest share on record,” Statistics Canada said in a release Wednesday.

The government agency notes that despite the increase, the prevalence of one-person households is “relatively low” in Canada from an international perspective, accounting for about three in 10 households (29.3%) in 2021.

“Among the G7 countries, only the United States had a slightly lower share (28.5% in 2021).”


MORE ALBERTANS LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS

The data also suggests that more young adults in Alberta’s major centers are living with at least one parent than ever before.

Most of the cities that saw the fastest growth in the proportion of young adults living with their parents were in Alberta, including Red Deer, Calgary and Edmonton, which saw increases of 7%, 5% and 4% respectively between 2016 and 2021. .

“However, prevalence remained highest in Ontario’s large urban centres, particularly in Oshawa, where almost half (49%) of young adults lived with their parents in 2021,” Statistics Canada said.

The spike in the number of adults living with a parent in Alberta coincides with some of the largest declines in economic activity recorded in the first year of the pandemic.

“Faced with job loss, fewer job opportunities or fewer hours worked, some young adults may have chosen to stay in the parental home or return to live with their parents for a period of time,” said said the agency.


SO WHY LIVE WITH YOUR PEOPLE?

Alberta faces unique short-term forces that have affected living conditions in recent years, says Anupam Das, an economics professor at Mount Royal University.

“The Alberta market changes with a lot of things, including the price of oil. We’re seeing more volatility in the Alberta (housing) market,” Dassaid said.

He says there is a mismatch between housing supply and demand, which could lead young adults to choose to continue living in a family home.

“Not only has the demand for rental properties increased over the past six months or so, but at the same time the supply of rental properties has actually decreased.”

He adds that the recent interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada is also making mortgages more expensive for young adults looking to enter the housing market.

Brynna Doucette, 23, has five years of post-secondary education and hasn’t left her parents’ house to save money.

She works full-time in the summer to help save for a house and says her peers and siblings are in no rush to move for safety reasons.

Doucette says the cost of living and rising prices of goods and services will likely keep her home for a few years.

“In my mind, I’m like, ‘Why don’t you live at home if you have the chance, and milk him for as long as you can?’ Because now I’m also saving money,” Doucette said. “I make money for my jobs, I put it in a tax-free savings account or my savings account, and that way I can save, so once I finish school (I can) buy a house or rent an apartment.

“It’s just too expensive to do anything, that’s why I like living at home.”

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