"The face of the Canadian family is changing. There are more common-law couples, single parents and same-sex couples in our households than ever before, according to the latest data released Sept. 19  from Statistics Canada's 2011 Census of Population". "The census counted a total of 9,389,700 families in 2011. Of these, 67 per cent consisted of married couples, down from 70.5 per cent a decade ago. In contrast, common-law couples increased by 13.09 per cent in 2011, and single-parent families rose by 8 per cent in that year". "The census counted 64,575 same-sex couple families in 2011, an increase of 42.4 per cent from 2006. (Statistics Canada later stated that the number of same-sex married couples may have been overestimated by as many as 4,500)".