The Daily
 In the news  Indicators  Releases by subject
 Special interest  Release schedule  Information

Family Matters: Long-lasting relationships

Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.

Released: 2019-03-13

A new infographic illustrating the characteristics of individuals in long-lasting couples is now available.

In 2017, of the 11 million people aged 55 and older in Canada, 7.5 million were part of a couple. Among those who were part of a couple, 5 million, or 7 in 10, had been in their current relationship for 30 years or more.

People in long-lasting relationships were, on average, 68 years old.

Among adults aged 55 and older in a current relationship, long-lasting relationships (30 years or more) were more common among the married (79%) than among those in common-law unions (22%).

People in long-lasting relationships were more likely to have children; 92% had at least one child, compared with 76% among those in a relationship of less than 30 years. Moreover, persons in long-lasting relationships had an average of 2.3 children, compared with 1.7 children among those in a relationship of less than 30 years.

Half of adults aged 75 and older who were part of a couple had been in that relationship for 55 years or more.

  Note to readers

This infographic presents data from the 2017 General Social Survey on Family based on persons aged 55 and older in couples. Long-lasting unions are those that have lasted 30 years or more.


The infographic "Family Matters: Long-lasting relationships" is now available.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; or Media Relations (613-951-4636;

Date modified: