Teen pregnancy on the rise in Atlantic Canada

While teen pregnancy rates in Canada have been declining since Statistics Canada started tracking them in the 70’s, that decline is at an end and experts suggest the socio-economic climate is partly to blame.

Four provinces in particular – Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland – have seen a dramatic increase in pregnancies between 2006 and 2010. Among a lacking list of accessible, long-term contraception (and, ahem recent conservative anti-abortion racket), Alex McKay, research coordinator with the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada, cites fewer employment and education opportunities as a reason more teens are getting pregnant.

“Young women who feel optimistic about their futures with respect to access to education and career tend not to get pregnant. Young women who are starting to feel discouraged about their employment and education opportunities are more likely to get pregnant.” McKay says.