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October 2009

The October edition of Canadian Social Trends features an article that used data from the 2006 General Social Survey on family transitions to examine whether access to parental benefits influenced a couple's decision to have a child.

When the time came for Canadians to choose whether to have a child (or another child), benefits played a key role. They also assigned high value to their household's financial preparedness, the family's work-life balance, their health, if they were part of a dual-earner couple, and if they already had a child.

The article "Do parental benefits influence fertility decisions?" is now available in the October 2009 issue of Canadian Social Trends, no. 88 (11-008-X, free), from the Publications module of our website.

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