Alberta and British Columbia had the lowest proportions of couples both working full time: StatsCan

Mario ToneguzziCouple parents, especially those of young children, are less likely to work full time, year-round, than other couples, according to a report released on Tuesday by Statistics Canada.

In 2015, about a quarter of couples with at least one child under the age of six both worked full time, full year. When the youngest child was between six and 17, the proportion increased to 37 per cent, said the federal agency.

“Overall, these proportions changed little from 2005 to 2015. However, they declined significantly for certain types of families with children, including couples with less education and recent immigrant families,” said StatsCan.

“In 2015, among the provinces, the Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and Quebec had the highest proportions of couples with children in which both parents worked full year, full time, while Alberta and British Columbia had the lowest proportions.”

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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