Fertility rate at 10-year high in 2006
September 26, 2008
THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country's fertility rate hit a 10-year high in 2006, but that women are waiting longer to have children.
The agency reports that average number of children per woman rose to 1.59 in 2006 from 1.54 in 2005.
Statscan says there were 354,617 births in Canada two years ago, an increase of 3.6 per cent – or 12,441 births – from the year before.
The agency says it was the largest annual increase since 1989 and that the figure marked the fourth consecutive year of growth.
Quebec and Alberta were the largest contributors to the national increase in births, accounting for 70 per cent of the total increase.
This is good news for a nation concerned about an aging demographic. This is also the ideal route for nation building because the natural growth rate is the most effective way to combat a potentially declining population. Relying solely on immigration is too costly for it to be a solution. Immigration also creates problems regarding integration, social cohesion and colonialism, language problems, racism and fear of the "other" (Canadians are the "other" to immigrants in case you "progressives" fail to see that). Let's hope the trend continues.
The government should seize on this trend and encourage its growth by rewarding those Canadians who choose to have children. The government should also make it possible for those who want kids to have them. This is responsible governance and an investment in the health and future of this great nation.