Single this Valentine’s Day? Well so are 12,418,439 people in Canada, according to Statistics Canada.
The government agency pulled up some census 2016 stats in the days leading up to the day of love, just to make you feel a little less lonely! (Okay, that probably wasn’t their main motive, but still.)
Nevertheless, based on concrete evidence, there really are plenty of fish in the sea this Valentine’s Day – just in case you’re looking.
There are a total of 12,418,440 single people above the age of 15 living in Canada – this includes never-married, divorced, separated and widowed people.
In comparison, 16,455,840 people aged 15 and above are coupled up. This number includes opposite-sex and same-sex married spouses, as well as common-law partners.
British Columbia alone has 1,643,525 single people, while 2,226,805 are in a couple, based on the same 2016 census data.
In total, the number of people possibly heading to a girls’ or boys’ night out instead of a candlelit dinner tomorrow is about one-third of the population of Canada.
Stats Can also revealed the exact amount of money spent on wine, classic V-Day gifts (jewelry, cosmetics, lingerie), flowers, and chocolates spent by Canadians between 2015 and 2016.
Here’s the breakdown:
- $3.60 billion — The value of jewellery and watches sold at retailers in Canada in 2015.
- $2.89 billion — The value of cosmetics and fragrances sold at retailers in Canada in 2015.
- $1.77 billion — The value of women’s lingerie, sleepwear and intimates sold at retailers in Canada in 2015.
- $796.2 million — The value of men’s underwear, sleepwear and hosiery sold at retailers in Canada in 2015.
- $7.0 billion — The value of all wines sold by liquor stores, agencies and other retail outlets in Canada in 2015/2016.
- $363.2 million — The value of sales of sparkling wines in Canada in 2015/2016.
- $823 million — The value of chocolate and chocolate confectionery manufactured in Ontario in 2015.
- $76.1 million — The value of cut roses and rose buds imported to Canada in 2017.
So regardless of who you’re spending Valentines Day with – your soulmate, best friends, family, pets, or just a relaxing evening by yourself – you’re definitely not alone!