Are You a Single Parent in Canada? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Are you a single parent in Canada? Welcome to Frolo! Being a single mom or dad in Canada can be a challenging experience, but the first thing you need to know is that you're not alone. Roughly 17% of all families in Canada are headed by a lone parent. Whether you are a newly single parent or have been one for some time, here are some key things to consider if you’re a single mom or dad in Canada.

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Single Parenting In Canada

Financial Support for Single Parents in Canada

One of the biggest challenges for single parents in Canada is financial. Single parents often struggle to provide for their children on a single income, which can lead to difficulty paying for things like food, housing, and healthcare. To help alleviate some of these financial burdens, there are various financial support options available for single parents in Canada, such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and the Child Disability Benefit (CDB).

Tax Considerations

As a single parent, you may have specific tax considerations. For example, you might be asked to prove that you have custody to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Revenu Québec. Make sure you have supporting documents to provide the necessary proof, and seek help if you need it. Consider starting a group chat on the Frolo Community app for people going through the same thing as you. You can share the link to your group chat outside the app to help to grow your community, too. 

Building a Support System

Single parenting can be a stressful and isolating experience. Therefore, it's crucial to build a support system that can help you manage the challenges of parenting alone. Your support system may include family members and friends, but it should also definitely include other single parents. Connecting with other single parents means you can share experiences, advice, and support. If you want to meet single parents near you in Canada, you can join local chat groups or attend Meetups in your area, via the Frolo app. You can use the Find Me On Frolo function to share your profile with other single parents outside the app, too. 

Childcare in Canada

One of the first considerations for any single parent will be childcare support. Whether you’re a solo parent or splitting time with your children’s other parent, every childcare set-up is unique to your family, so start by deciding exactly what support will be necessary for you to work and have time off outside of your children’s educational settings. Remember that your childcare situation with evolve as your kids grow and their needs change, so don't look too far into the future and remember that you'll need backup plans, too. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the childcare options available in your area and consider enrolling your child in a daycare or after-school program. There is information about the childcare options for single parents in Canada at

If you would like to grow your single parent network in Canada, you can connect with people in a similar situation to you via the Frolo App. You can also connect with other single parents who are thinking about dating, too. Read this post on how to grow your Frolo community wherever you are in the world to get started. 

A updated version of Frolo is now available for the best possible app experience, with features on that include enhanced discovery settings, 'Find me on Frolo' and the ability to share meetups and group chats outside the app, plus the ability to post anonymously on Community and to see all your likes in one place with unlimited likes on Dating mode.

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