Survey of Household Spending (SHS)
Reference person of household, status
Reference person refers to a person who acts as the respondent for his or her family. The family reference person is determined through procedures specific to each survey.
Household refers to a person or group of persons who occupy the same dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada or abroad. The dwelling may be either a collective dwelling or a private dwelling. The household may consist of a family group such as a census family, of two or more families sharing a dwelling, of a group of unrelated persons or of a person living alone. Household members who are temporarily absent on reference day are considered part of their usual household.
The data for this variable are reported using the following classifications and/or lists:
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