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Table A.1  Average time spent by workers with their families during a typical workday in 1986 and 2005, by certain characteristics

Table A.1a  Average time spent with family, by age group, sex and region
  Average time spent with the family Change between
1986 and 2005
1986 2005
minutes
All workers
250
206
-44
Age
15 to 24
243
207
n.s.
25 to 29
247
208
-39
30 to 34
264
220
-44
35 to 39
246
223
-23
40 to 44
243
212
-31
45 and over
249
194
-54
Sex
Women
248
209
-39
Men
250
205
-45
Region
Atlantic Canada
258
220
-38
Québec
237
209
-28
Ontario
254
205
-50
Prairies
255
207
-48
British Columbia
250
201
-49
n.s. Not statistically different in 1986 than in 2005 at p < 0.01.
Data source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1986 and 2005.
Table source: Statistics Canada, 2007, "Time spent with family on a typical work day, 1986 to 2005,” Canadian Social Trends, catalogue number 11-008-XWE.

Table A.1b Average time spent with family, by family structure and highest level of schooling
  Average time spent with the family Change between
1986 and 2005
1986 2005
minutes
All workers
250
206
-44
Family structure
Spouse, no children
231
191
-40
Spouse, at least one child aged 0 to 4
274
244
-30
Spouse, no children under 5, at least one child aged 5 to 12
271
227
-44
Spouse, no children under 13, at least one child aged 13 to 24
247
198
-49
Lone parent with at least one child aged 0 to 4
346
251
-95
Lone parent with no children under 5, at least one child aged 5 to 12
243
196
n.s.
Lone parent with no children under 13, at least one child aged 13 to 24
150
132
n.s.
Highest level of schooling
Elementary school
252
210
-42
Secondary diploma
254
203
-50
College or trade school diploma or certificate
243
205
-38
University degree
241
211
-30
n.s. Not statistically different in 1986 than in 2005 at p < 0.01.
Data source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1986 and 2005.
Table source: Statistics Canada, 2007, "Time spent with family on a typical work day, 1986 to 2005,” Canadian Social Trends, catalogue number 11-008-XWE.

Table A.1c  Average time spent with family, by work and work-related activities and personal care
  Average time spent with the family Change between
1986 and 2005
1986 2005
minutes
All workers
250
206
-44
Time spent on work and work-related activities
3 to 5 hours
379
345
n.s.
5 to 6 hours
341
307
n.s.
6 to 7 hours
279
270
n.s.
7 to 8 hours
270
236
34
8 to 9 hours
260
219
41
9 to 10 hours
220
202
18
10 to 11 hours
206
164
42
11 hours or more
118
107
n.s.
Time spent on personal care including sleep
Less than 7 hours
303
244
-58
7 to 8 hours
257
216
-40
8 to 9 hours
250
213
-37
9 to 10 hours
228
185
-43
10 to 11 hours
208
179
n.s.
11 hours or more
189
143
n.s.
n.s. Not statistically different in 1986 than in 2005 at p < 0.01.
Data source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1986 and 2005.
Table source: Statistics Canada, 2007, "Time spent with family on a typical work day, 1986 to 2005,” Canadian Social Trends, catalogue number 11-008-XWE.

Table A.1d  Average time spent with family, by other non-social activites
  Average time spent with the family Change between
1986 and 2005
1986 2005
minutes
All workers
250
206
-44
Time for meals at home, snacks, coffee
Did not eat at home
169
200
n.s.
1 to 24 minutes
233
183
-51
25 to 44 minutes
227
196
-31
45 to 64 minutes
245
211
-35
65 minutes or more
285
233
-53
Trips by car or public transport
No trips either by car or public transport
242
201
-42
1 to 60 minutes
248
196
-52
61 to 120 minutes
246
216
-30
121 minutes or more
273
221
-52
Trips by foot
No trips by foot
248
205
-43
1 to 30 minutes
247
221
n.s.
31 minutes or more
277
208
-70
n.s. Not statistically different in 1986 than in 2005 at p < 0.01.
Data source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1986 and 2005.
Table source: Statistics Canada, 2007, "Time spent with family on a typical work day, 1986 to 2005,” Canadian Social Trends, catalogue number 11-008-XWE.

Table A.1e  Average time spent with family, by other selected social activites
  Average time spent with the family Change between
1986 and 2005
1986 2005
minutes
All workers
250
206
-44
Social activities outside the home
No social activities
239
199
-40
1 to 90 minutes
270
234
n.s.
91 minutes or more
338
324
n.s.
Read books, magazines, newspapers
No reading
253
208
-45
1 to 60 minutes
242
205
-37
61 minutes or more
236
174
-61
Television, including watching videos or DVDs
No television
218
184
-34
1 to 60 minutes
236
193
-43
61 to 120 minutes
241
216
-25
121 to 180 minutes
260
228
-32
181 minutes or more
323
256
-67
Prevalence of certain activities
Watched television alone during the day
No
268
231
-37
Yes
158
137
-21
Had a meal, snack or coffee alone
No
264
235
-29
Yes
213
166
-47
n.s. Not statistically different in 1986 than in 2005 at p < 0.01.
Data source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1986 and 2005.
Table source: Statistics Canada, 2007, "Time spent with family on a typical work day, 1986 to 2005,” Canadian Social Trends, catalogue number 11-008-XWE.