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Mother’s Day is on May 10


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Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul

On Mother’s Day, people honour their mothers.
Many families take their mothers out
for brunch or dinner.
There are different ways of giving on Mother’s Day.
Some people make a card.
Some people buy flowers.
Other people give the gift of time.
They spend time talking to their mothers.

Did you know?
More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day
than any other day of the year.
Phone traffic can increase on this day
by as much as 37 percent.

Motherhood in Canada and B.C.

302 By the Numbers: Motherhood in B.C.




Ages of mothers

  • In B.C. and Ontario, the average maternal* age
    is the highest in Canada:  30.2 years
    — 55.7 per cent of all birthing mothers in B.C. in 2010 were over 30.
  • In Canada, the average maternal age:  29.6 years
  • In Nunavut:  24.6 years
  • In 1975:  26.7 years

*maternal – relating to a mother after childbirth

— Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

358700 By the Numbers: Motherhood in B.C.




Mothers in the office

  • In 2008, there were 567,000 children
    under 12 years old in B.C.
    358,700 of their mothers had jobs.
    This means about 65 per cent of mothers worked (outside the home).

— Source: Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.
81 By the Numbers: Motherhood in B.C.



The teen mom

  • In 1974:  30 births* in Canada
    per 1,000 female teenagers.

In 2010:

  • 11 births in Canada
    per 1,000 female teenagers.
  • 8.1 births in B.C.
    per 1,000 female teenagers.
  • 87.2 births in Nunavut
    per 1,000 female teenagers.

*births – babies born

— Source: Statistics Canada

96 By the Numbers: Motherhood in B.C.




Mother’s milk
Mothers who breastfeed their babies

  • In B.C. 96 per cent of mothers
    choose to breastfeed their babies.
  • In 2011/2012, 89 per cent of mothers
    breastfed their babies in Canada .
  • In 2003, 85 per cent of mothers
    breastfed their babies in Canada.

— Source: Statistics Canada report, “Breastfeeding Trends in Canada”


  1. National Geographic – In 2014, Mother’s Day turned 100.
  2. Wacky baby traditions around the world