Whether by necessity or choice, our history is marked by the coming together of different groups and races to produce something new: European and Aboriginal, English and French, old stock and immigrant.Our country, it is often observed, is a Metis nation—and getting more so.This comprises 4.6 per cent of all couples in private households.
This suggests religion remains a bigger fault line in Canadian society that skin colour or ethnicity.
But it also implies an underlying respect for choice in personal relationships that transcends other prejudices.
During the Great Depression the rate fell, presumably related to high unemployment and negative economic conditions.
During and following the Second World War there were fewer single men, which lowered the number of marrying couples.
Higher education is also correlated with mixed unions, as is urban living.