More Canadian Dads Working Part-time
Sunday Sep 13, 2009
The number of Canadian fathers who work part-time while their partner works full-time, has increased by 700% since the mid-1970s, according to new unpublished data from the Canadian Labour Force Survey (LSF).
The overall number of Canadian families with children has not changed much since 1976. But, according to the new data obtained by FIRA from Statistics Canada, the number of part-time working fathers with a full-time working partner grew from 6,555 1976 to 52,755 in 2010. During the same period, the number of families where both the mother and father worked part-time more than tripled. The vast majority of fathers with children still work full-time. But this increase in part-time employment among fathers combines with other trends such as the increase in stay-home fathers to provide further insight into the gradual evolution in roles played by Canadian fathers.
Father and Mother working patterns in dual earner father/mother families with at least one child under 16 at home.)
1976 1984 1992 2000 2010
Father PT/Mother FT 6,555* 16,555 27,640 37,915 52.765
Both Part-time 5,360 12,575 18.355 18,815 22,455
Both Full-time 673,296 833,050 1.04M 1.25M 1.31M
* these figures indicate the number of families, rather than the number of fathers or mothers.
For more information on trends in fatherhood read Canadian Dads@Home and Are Fathers Pulling Their Weight at Home?