Finding love in Victoria can be as challenging for men as women, despite what statistics show, says a local author.“There are all these myths about men and women,” said Sarah Kittenmittens, whose book Life After Dating was published in 2016.“But when I wrote my book, I started to get all these emails from men looking for advice on how to expand emotionally and work on themselves.”According to Statistics Canada, in the 2011 census, women outnumbered men at 52 per cent of the population over the age of 15 in Greater Victoria.
However, there were more men who had never been married or in a common-law relationship.
Statistics Canada provides numbers for only two gender categories.“In Victoria, some people believe it’s hard to find a good guy,” said Aviva Shtull, 34, who met her fiancé four years ago through an online dating site.
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Of the 133,000 single residents, 56 per cent were women.
Divorced, separated and widowed women also outnumbered men.
The 38-year-old left her 10-year marriage after her husband suffered a brain injury that severely altered his personality.
She uses a pen name, based on her favourite childhood book, to protect her whereabouts for safety reasons.“We were madly in love.
We held hands every day,” said Kittenmittens, who owns a software application company and works from home.
“When I started dating I didn’t know what I was doing.
A lot of the traditional dating websites like e Harmony and Plenty of Fish, are now catering to the over 55 demographic, whereas five years ago it wasn't a section of the population they would necessarily target.