Progressive policy leader Quebec winning the baby race
Family and child-friendly policies help bring birth rate above national average.
by Andrew Chung, ParentCentral.ca
MONTREAL, January 5, 2008 — At 6 pounds, 9 ounces, Olivier Tremblay is a small baby, but he nevertheless carries on his tiny shoulders the weight of a demographic success.
Born at exactly midnight, Jan. 1, little Olivier was the first baby born in Quebec in 2009.
But he also heralds the reversal of a rather bleak demographic picture for the province, which once upon a time had Canada's biggest baby boom followed by its worst baby bust.
Now, new statistics show that Quebec has solidified an upward trend in the provincial birth rate, easing that foresaw population declines and francophone cultural uncertainty. In addition, births outside of wedlock are now the vast majority in Quebec, and are occurring at twice the rate compared to the rest of Canada.
The birth rate increased for the fifth year in a row in 2007, according to the most recent demographic report produced by the Quebec Institute of Statistics.
There were 84,200 births, 3 per cent more than 2006. And for the first time since 1959, Quebec's fertility rate of 1.65 children per woman outranks the Canadian average of 1.59. Demographers say there is now good reason to believe Quebec's family-friendly policies put in place over the last decade have contributed to the trend . . .
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Quebec a have-tot province, by Andrew Chung, ParentCentral.ca, January 5, 2009
Posted: January 05, 2009
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