Perceptions related to gender equality in Canada, 2018

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Release date: December 9, 2019

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Perceptions related to gender equality in Canada, 2018

Examining attitudes and beliefs can provide further insight on how certain behaviours are perceived by Canadians.

This information can shed light on the areas where further conversations about social norms and attitudes may be beneficial.

More than 7 in 10 Canadians agree that:

  • same- and opposite-sex partners should have the same rights to adopt children
  • people should be able to express their gender however they choose
Percentage of Canadians who agree with the statement, by gender
Statement Women Men
Same- and opposite-sex partners should have the same rights to adopt children 79% 70%
People should be able to express their gender however they choose 85% 78%

The largest differences between women's and men's attitudes were seen in the levels of agreement with these two statements:

  • there are significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead
  • people who report sexual assault are almost always telling the truth
Percentage of Canadians who agree with the statement, by gender
Statement Women Men
There are significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead 72% 55%
People who report sexual assault are almost always telling the truth 62% 47%

The majority of Canadians said they would support a transgender family member while 1 in 10 stated that they would not.

For more information, see the full Juristat article: Perceptions related to gender-based violence, gender equality, and gender expression.

Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces.

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