Just as for CMAs, the economic situation of mid-size urban centres is probably having an impact on young adults staying in the parental home as five of the 10 mid-size urban centres with the highest proportions of young adults at home are located in the Atlantic provinces where the economy is generally not as strong as in other provinces, such as Alberta. About six in 10 young adults in Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) and Bay Roberts (Newfoundland and Labrador) were living in the parental home in 2006, a proportion similar to what was observed in the Toronto CMA.
On the other hand, five of the 10 mid-size urban centres with the lowest proportions of young adults at home were located in Alberta, that is Grande Prairie, Brooks, Cold Lake, Lloydminster and Red Deer. The economic boom in this province could have contributed to more people being able to afford accommodations and a lifestyle independent from their parents.
Table 17 Proportion of young adults aged 20 to 29 living with their parents, mid-size urban areas, 2006