Cufflinks wrote:I can talk a little bit about Canada as well, having spent five years there as a student. I knew (and know) some pretty sexually experienced ladies there whose comments lead me to believe that circumcision is the norm in all of Canada except the coastal areas to the west and to the east, and Quebec.
It was very common up until the late 1990s, when I was there, especially in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and also largely in Ontario.
The strong influences from Hong Kong and China in Vancouver and surrounding areas change the picture for British Columbia, and I don't know why, but the practice also seems less common in the Maritime provinces on the east coast. At least that was the picture my lady friends painted for me.
Judging from conversations I overheard between acquaintances from Quebec, circumcision there is also common, though not as standard as in the English speaking parts of Canada.
That seems to confirm what I have seen. Very common in my area when I was born (94) but less so when my brother was born in 2000, and probably even less nowadays sadly.
Even as an Ontarian, it's very hard for me to pinpoint the prevalence of circumcision in Canada (or Ontario for that matter).
I, like James S, am also from 1994, but my parents left me uncut. Among my friend group (mostly white middle to upper-middle class guys), the circ rate is about 50%.
More interestingly, I've noticed significant variation even between relatively close NEIGHBOURHOODS in Toronto. For example, a much higher percentage of kids I went to middle school (grades 7 and 8) with seemed to be cut than where I went to elementary school (grade 1 to 6). The schools are only about a 15 minute drive apart. Furthermore, neither school had a high Muslim or Jewish population.
I'm almost tempted to say that whether a 1990s kid was circumcised at birth (at least in Ontario) had more to do with the hospital they were born at than anything else. In 1994, OHIP (the Ontario Health Insurance Plan) delisted circumcision from provincial coverage unless it was medically required. Put simply, as of some point in 1994, parents would have to cover the costs themselves.
My hypothesis is that some hospitals were quicker than others to begin "outsourcing" the practice to private clinics than others. Thus, children born at those hospitals were much less likely to automatically be circ'd than kids born at hospitals that still performed RIC (even after the delisting).
Nowadays, some Toronto hospitals only offer circumcision once a week while others have completely stopped doing it. As a final note, this is one reason it makes it hard to estimate a true circ rate; many of the private clinics may not collect data, so I suspect the overall circ rate is higher in Canada than the estimated 32% from 06/07. I have omitted the sources for this post but I can share them if anyone is interested.