Child presence in economic family
Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on May 26, 2021.
Child presence refers to whether or not the family includes any children. To be included, children must live in the same household as the family. They may be biological or adopted children.
Economic family refers to a group of two or more persons who live in the same dwelling and are related to each other by blood, marriage, common-law union, adoption or a foster relationship.
By definition, all persons who are members of a census family are also members of an economic family. Examples of the broader concept of economic family include the following: two co-resident census families who are related to one another are considered one economic family; co-resident siblings who are not members of a census family are considered as one economic family; and, nieces or nephews living with aunts or uncles are considered one economic family.
In the context of economic families, only children of the economic family reference person are included.
'Child presence in economic family' is derived from the responses to questions about the relationships among the people who live in the household.
Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards
There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.
- Classification of child presence May 26, 2021 to current
Relation to previous version
- Child presence in economic family May 26, 2021 to current
The name of the concept has been modified from 'child presence any age' to 'child presence', and its definition has been simplified. The definition of the statistical unit has been modified.
- Child presence any age of economic family November 16, 2015 to May 25, 2021
This standard has been revised to clarify that, though foster children are considered members of an economic family, economic families are classified as "without children any age" if there are no children by birth, marriage, common-law union or adoption.
- Presence and number of children under 18 years of economic family September 11, 2013 to November 15, 2015
'Child presence any age of economic family' replaces the standard 'Presence and number of children under 18 years of economic family' as of November 16, 2015.
- Child presence any age of economic family October 22, 2007 to November 15, 2015
'Child presence any age of economic family' is incorporated within the classification of the previous standard, Economic family structure. The current standards take a more simplified approach, presenting each classification dimension as a separate concept. This approach provides greater conceptual and definitional clarity while simultaneously allowing users more flexibility in constructing whatever more complex, multidimensional classifications meet their needs for data presentation.
- Economic family structure July 15, 1998 to October 21, 2007
'Child presence any age of economic family' replaces the standard 'Economic family structure' as of November 16, 2015.