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.