The numbers of Canadians who have had more children in the last three years than ever before have risen sharply.
In the last six months, Canada has seen a 4.1 per cent increase in the number of children born to women who have children and a 6.1 percentage point increase in those who have two or more children.
In total, 2.5 million babies were born to people who have more children last year, up from 1.6 million a year ago.
And in Canada, those born after 2006 have had an even higher increase than those born in the 1960s, with a 4 per cent rise in the birthrate.
In Quebec, which has seen its birthrate rise sharply, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said he expects the province to see a surge in new families this year.
“I think it will be even more than in the past two or three years,” he said Tuesday.
He added the province will have a lot of new families by the end of the year.
The increase in children has coincided with a surge of new job creation in the province, as more Canadians opt to stay at home.
In addition to the new jobs, there have also been more people applying for work and more students graduating from college.