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Table 2.5
Number of divorces and divorce rate, 1968 to 2003

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Year Number of divorces Divorces per 100,000 population
number %
1968 11,343 54.8
1969 26,093 124.2
1970 29,775 139.8
1971 29,685 137.6
1972 32,389 148.4
1973 36,704 166.1
1974 45,019 200.6
1975 50,611 222.0
1976 54,207 235.8
1977 55,370 237.7
1978 57,155 243.4
1979 59,474 251.3
1980 62,019 259.1
1981 67,671 278.0
1982 70,430 279.5
1983 68,565 269.3
1984 65,170 253.6
1985 61,976 238.9
1986 78,304 298.8
1987 96,200 362.3
1988 83,507 310.5
1989 80,998 295.8
1990 78,463 282.3
1991 77,020 273.9
1992 79,034 277.9
1993 78,226 270.2
1994 78,880 269.7
1995 77,636 262.2
1996 71,528 241.1
1997 67,408 224.7
1998 69,088 228.4
1999 70,910 232.5
2000 71,144 231.2
2001 71,110 229.2
2002 70,155 223.7
2003 70,828 223.7
Sources: Statistics Canada, Catalogue nos. 82-003-XPB and 84-213-XPB; and Health Statistics Division.