The Quebec Fatherhood Week (Semaine Québécoise de la Paternité) was created in 2013 in order to spur public dialogue on the role of today’s fathers within Quebec families as well as the manner in which they are perceived.
According to recent data, Quebec fathers are more involved today in their children’s lives than the fathers of previous generations, and such implication is on the rise. A Leger survey of 1000 Quebec fathers conducted in May 2017 revealed that fathers of children aged 0 to 5 spent an average of 3.1 hours per day on domestic tasks and child care. Moreover, some researchers have observed that the time devoted to children by fathers had doubled over a period of less than 25 years. They also noted that in custody rulings, from 1998 to 2008, the percentage of joint custodies had increased from 8% to 20% and the rate of exclusive paternal custody from 5% to 14%.
This shows how quickly the involvement of fathers in their children’s lives has increased over recent decades. As a result, fathers must now reinvent their role and hope to be fully recognized for their parenting skills. They also seek to assume their responsibilities to the fullest in case of separation.
Recognizing that the involvement of fathers is just as important as that of mothers for child development, the Quebec Fatherhood Week invites Quebec society to value and support fatherhood in order to further promote equality between mothers and fathers.
Consult the previous
edition report (french only)