Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Determinants Of Health

Lone-Parent Families

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). 


The chart below depicts how families with children were structured in 2016. The family structure was fairly consistent between Simcoe, Muskoka 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 and Muskoka had a higher percentage of male-led lone-parent families (6.4% and 7.1%).


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. 



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.


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.