Decrease of marriages in Quebec

Decrease of marriages in Quebec

People are getting married less and less in Quebec. For those 40 and under, common-law is preferred. And when two people choose to marry, it is less and less in front of a minister of the cult.

The 2017 edition of the Québec Demographic Review, an annual publication of the Quebec Institute of Statistics, is formal: "The number of religious marriages is declining in all marriages for the benefit of civil marriages, which continue to win in popularity.”

In 2016, 21 949 marriages were celebrated in Quebec during civil ceremonies (at the courthouse or in a town hall) or religious (in a place of worship). That's 450 less than in 2015.

The statistics also show that only 42% of marriages were celebrated before a priest, a pastor or an official recognized by the Directeur de l'état civil du Québec.