A Comparison of Fertility in Canada and Australia, 1926-2011

  • Peter McDonald The Australian National University
  • Alain Belanger Centre Urbanisation Culture Societe
Keywords: Birth Rate, Fertility


Canada and Australia are countries that, through their histories, have had many similarities as described later in the paper. However, they have two obvious differences. First, Australia has no equivalent to the province of Quebec and is not bi-lingual[B1] . If Quebec’s fertility trend was a mirror image of the trends in other provinces in Canada, this would not present a difficulty but, as we demonstrate in this article, the differences between fertility trends in Quebec and the other Canadian provinces go some way towards explaining the historical differences between the Canadian and Australian fertility trends, but only until 1960.

 [B1]2 nations rather than province

Author Biography

Peter McDonald, The Australian National University

Crawford School of Public Policy