Canadian census data shows (surprise!) more adult children living at home

The latest Canadian census data shows the number of adult children living with their parents is on the rise again.

As of 2016, 34.7% of adults aged 20 to 34 were living with their parents, up from 33.3% in 2011.


But that number varies quite a lot across the country. In Ontario, 42.1% of adults in this age range live with their parents, and in Toronto specifically, nearly half do so: 47.4%. In Quebec, on the other hand, less than a quarter of 20-to-34-year-olds live at home.

Twenty to 34 is a wide age range that includes university students all the way through established adults. Not surprisingly, more people in their early 20s live with their parents (62.6%) than do people in their early 30s (13.5%). The majority of those in their early 20s who were living with parents said they had never left home, where as most of those in their early 30s had left at some point and then returned.