Sex of reference person of economic family

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on November 16, 2015.


Sex of reference person refers to the sex of the family reference person. The family reference person is determined through procedures specific to each survey.

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. A couple may be of opposite or same sex.

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.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Sex of reference person of economic family November 16, 2015 to current

    This is an update to Sex of reference person of economic family. The classification of sex of reference person in a lone-parent family is no longer referenced in this standard. It is now found in a new standard, "Sex of reference person of lone-parent family."

  • Sex of reference person of economic family October 22, 2007 to November 15, 2015

    'Sex of reference person 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 variable 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

    This standard was replaced by the 'Sex of reference person of economic family' as of October 22, 2007.

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