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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.


    • 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.

The Family-Work Balance, is also a concern of fathers?

As they are more involved with children and home life than their predecessors, many fathers want to better reconcile family and work. In fact, 7 out of 10 fathers report feeling guilty when work commitments take precedence over commitments at home and more than half of them would gladly accept a pay cut to spend more time with their children. Yet, major obstacles are reported by fathers: overloaded, irregular or atypical working hours, little or no access to Family-Work Balance measures and negative perceptions by employers, who in some cases, consider the balance between family and work primarily as the business of women, especially in workplace that are predominantly male. Therefore, Quebec’s Fatherhood Week / Semaine Québécois de la Paternité presents this year a campaign which theme: "For a Winning Family - Pass the Torch. Balancing family and work is a dad’s job too!". By allowing fathers to take over more often in terms of Family-Work Balance, we observe an improved health status for both parents, a greater sense of parental competence, a decrease in work-family conflicts experienced by mothers and by fathers and an increase in the daily time spent by fathers with their children. By allowing fathers to better balance family and work, we are actually balancing family-work also for mothers. Everyone wins!


    • According to a sondage effectué par Workopolis, (survey commissioned by Workopolis) 7 out of 10 fathers say they feel guilty when work commitments take precedence over those at home and 56% of these fathers would gladly accept a 10% pay cut to spend 10 percent more time at home with children;
    • According to the same survey, 49 percent of Canadian working fathers would be willing to change jobs if a potential employer offered them better family-work balance options;
    • According to l'Institut de la Statistique du Québec, 25 percent of salaried fathers have no access to any measures for family-work balance;
    • According to the report mentioned above, 41% of fathers say they "often" or "always" experience family-work conflicts;
    • Again, according to the ISQ report, 29 percent of salaried fathers have atypical working hours and 30% of them work more than 40 hours per week;
    • According to a survey commissioned by l'Ordre des Conseillers en Ressources humaines, only 28% of fathers in Quebec feel that taking a paternity leave is encouraged by the direction of their workplace;
    • According to the same survey, 47 percent of men believe that taking their paternity leave may hinder their advancement at work.
Semaine Québécoise de la Paternité Du 12 au 18 juin 2017