Census family status of person
Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on May 26, 2021.
Census family status refers to whether or not the person is a member of a census family and, if so, his or her status in that census family, either as a member of a couple, as a parent in a one-parent family or as a child.
Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.
'Census family status of person' is derived from the responses to questions about the relationships among the people who live in the household.
Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards
This standard conforms to the recommendations for censuses contained in the United Nations' "Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 3", 2017. In its discussion of family status, the UN recommends classifying persons as Spouse, Lone parent, Child or Not member of a family nucleus. This matches the classification for this standard, with some terminological differences, including those necessitated by the inclusion of common-law couples.
This standard is also compatible with the "Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2020 Censuses of Population and Housing", 2015 which recommended classifying persons living in families as Partner, Lone parent or Child, and distinguishing at the more detailed level between member of a married couple and partner in a consensual union.
- Classification of census family status May 26, 2021 to current
- Classification of census family status, variant with children May 26, 2021 to current
Relation to previous version
- Census family status of person May 26, 2021 to current
The definition of the concept 'census family status' and some of the definitions in the classifications have been modified. The terminology used in the classifications has been modified in French from 'partenaire en union libre' to 'conjoint de fait'.
- Census family status of person October 22, 2007 to May 25, 2021
November 16, 2015 - Some category labels in the classifications have been updated.
October 22, 2007 - This standard reflects the current definition of Census family. The current classification lists "spouse" and "common-law partner" separately. The new terminology, "Person not in a census family", has replaced "Non-census family person" in the previous standard.
- Census family status July 15, 1998 to October 21, 2007
This standard was replaced by the 'Census family status of person' as of October 22, 2007.
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