For a third year in a row Canada's fertility rate has dropped.
Statistics Canada reports that the national average has gone from 1.68 to 1.61 over the three year beginning in 2008.
I reproduce a copy of the statistics below.
A couple things caught my attention.
- The stability of the figures. Whether viewed provincially or federally, over the five years of the figures, the percentage difference between high and low figures is under 10% over the indicated years.
- Below replacement rate. With the exception of one region, the fertility rate falls beneath the generally accepted population replacement level of roughly 2.1 children per woman.
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