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About the event

Fatherhood Week in Quebec: Why?

Quebec fathers are ever increasingly present in the lives of their children with time dedicated to children having doubled over a period of 30 years; where in the past 10 years, the number of shared custody cases has increased from 8% to 20%, where the number of sole custody cases by fathers has rose from 5% to 14%, and where nearly one in four single-parent families is currently headed by a man. This greater engagement of fathers with their children happened quickly. As a result, fathers must today reinvent their role and wish to be recognized for their parental skills. They also seek to fully assume their responsibilities in the event of separation and shared custody. Quebec Fatherhood Week / Semaine Québécois de la Paternité was created in 2013 to foster a public dialogue that validates and values fathers in this new role and recognizes their contribution to society as a full-fledged parent.

Data on father's increased commitment

  • According to the Portail du temps quotidien de l'UQTR, between 1986 and 2010, time dedicated by fathers to their children increased from 3.1 to 6.6 hours per week, and from 6.9 to 10.5 hours for housework, while the time allocated to work (including travelling) decreased from 52.5 to 50.5 hours per week;
  • According to a research report submitted to the Ministry of Justice, the percentage of shared custody rose from 8.1% to 19.7% and from 5.4% to 13.5% in the case of the exclusive custody to the fathers in 10 years;
  • According to the  l'Institut de la Statistique du Québec, nearly one in four single-parent families was headed by a man (23.9%) in 2011, this represents 87, 580 families in Quebec.
Semaine Québécoise de la Paternité Du 12 au 18 juin 2017