Vital Statistics - Divorce Database

Summary of changes

Activity on this program started: 1969

Reference period of change - 2005

Same-sex divorces:

Following provincial court rulings in 2003, vital statistics registries in Ontario and British Columbia started registering marriages of same-sex couples. In 2004, subsequent rulings by courts in five provinces (Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador) and one territory (Yukon) expanded the number of jurisdictions registering same-sex marriages. A court ruling in New Brunswick allowed same-sex marriages, a month before federal legislation legalized same-sex marriages across Canada, on July 20th, 2005. As with marriage statistics, divorce statistics may be slightly affected by this change, as eventually some of these marriages may end in divorce.

Other changes to the Divorce Act:

Following the final approval of the Regulations Amending the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings Regulations on October 25th, a new 'Registration of Divorce Proceeding Form' is used as of October 26th, 2005. The previous form was only used up to November 30th, 2005. These changes, however, had no effect on the 2005 Divorce data.

Reference period of change - 2004

Reason for divorce:

Only one reason for divorce was captured by the system in 2004 and 2005. While multiple reasons may have been cited when the application was made, only one was retained in the system.

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