Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Determinants Of Health

Lone-Parent Families

Overall
By Education
By Employment
By Median Income (after-tax)
By Low Income

Overall

According to the 2016 Census, 90,860 (57%) families living in Simcoe Muskoka reported having children at home. Of those, 28% (or 25,615) were lone-parent families, an increase from 27% (or 23,260) in 2011. In 2016, there were more lone-parent families with one child (60%) than lone-parent families with multiple children (40%) in Simcoe Muskoka.

A higher percentage of lone-parent families were female-led (77%) rather than male-led (23%). The number of female-led lone-parent families increased by 10% from 18,055 in 2011 to 19,770 in 2016. Male-led lone-parent families increased by 12%, from 5,210 in 2011 to 5,845 in 2016. This increase between 2011 and 2016 was less dramatic than the increase seen earlier between 2006 and 2011 (16% increase in female-led and 30% in male-led lone-parent families from 2006 to 2011, respectively).

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The chart below depicts how families with children were structured in 2016. The family structure was fairly consistent between Simcoe County, Muskoka District, and Ontario. Dual-parent or couples (married or common-law) accounted for the majority of families with children. Ontario had a slightly higher percentage of dual-parent families (72.6%) while Simcoe County and Muskoka District had a higher percentage of male-led lone-parent families (6.4% and 7.1%).

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In Simcoe County, 28.1% of families with children were lone-parent families. Among this percentage, 77% (or 17,900 families) were female-led and 23% (or 5,235 families) were male-led.

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In District of Muskoka, 28.8% of families with children were lone-parent families. Among this percentage, 75% (or 1,870 families) were female-led and 25% (or 610 families) were male-led.

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By Education

In terms of educational attainment, 57% (or 11,500) of lone parents between the ages of 25 and 64 in Simcoe Muskoka indicated they had a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree in 2016. Similarly, 58% (or almost 165,440 people) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population aged 25 to 64 have completed a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.

Approximately 15% (or 3,010) of lone parents between the ages of 25 to 64 in Simcoe Muskoka indicated they did not have a certificate, diploma or degree. In comparison, 12% of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population aged 25-64 indicated they did not have a certificate, diploma or degree. Note that in these statistics, the age of the child was not specified and may include lone parents with adult children.

At the provincial level, approximately 59% of lone-parents with at least one child aged 0 to 17 indicated they had a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree as of 2016. In comparison, 72% of parents from couple families with at least one child aged 0 to 17 indicated they had a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.

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By Employment

According to the 2016 Census 68% (or17,460) of lone-parents in Simcoe Muskoka were part of the labour force. The unemployment rate in Simcoe Muskoka for lone-parents was the same as the unemployment rate for the overall population 15 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka, 7%. As well, the unemployment rate was 7% for both male and female lone parents in Simcoe Muskoka. Note that in these statistics, the age of the child was not specified and may include lone parents with adult children.

According to the 2016 Census, employment income contributed to 64% of the total income for female lone-parents in Simcoe County while government transfers contributed an extra 27%. In comparison, employment income contributed to 71% of the total income for the overall Simcoe County population (aged 15 years and over) while government transfers contributed to 13% of total income.

In the District of Muskoka, employment income contributed to 57% of the total income for female lone-parents while government transfers contributed an extra 28%. In comparison, employment income contributed to 59% of the total income for the overall Muskoka District population (aged 15 years and over) while government transfers contributed to 15% of total income.

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According to Taxfiler data, approximately 20.5% of lone-parent families in Simcoe Muskoka and 23.9% of Ontario lone-parent families received social assistance as a source of income in 2016. In comparison, approximately 8.3% of all tax-filing families in Simcoe Muskoka and 10.4% in Ontario received social assistance as a source of income in 2015.

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Median Household Income (after-tax)

As seen in the data table below, median after-tax household income is highest among dual parent families and lowest among female-led lone-parent families. Compared to Ontario and Simcoe County, the District of Muskoka had lower reported median after-tax household income for each family type.

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By Low Income

Based on the Census Low Income Measure after tax (LIM-AT), 17% (or 975) of male lone-parents and 26% (or 5,140) of female lone-parents in Simcoe Muskoka were living in low income in 2015. In comparison, according to the Census, 12% (or 61,115) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population was living in low income in 2015.

In Ontario, 18% of male lone-parents (or 22,885) and 28% of female lone-parents (or 145,050) were living in low income in 2015 (based on the Census LIM-AT).

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