Economic family status of person

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on May 26, 2021.


Economic family status refers to whether or not the person is a member of an economic family and, if so, his or her status in that economic family.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.


'Economic family status of person' is derived from the responses to questions about the relationships among the people who live in the household. Economic families are derived in two ways. In method 1, census families are first identified and all relatives in the household are then added to form the economic family. In method 2, all relatives in the household are identified and included in the economic family. Where method 1 is used, family status within the census family is carried forward into economic family status. This leads to certain grandchildren being classified in 'Child of economic family reference person,' not 'Other economic family member.'

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Economic family status of person May 26, 2021 to current

    The definition of the concept 'economic family status' has been modified, as have several definitions in the classification. The terminology used in the classification has been modified in French from 'partenaire en union libre' to 'conjoint de fait'.

  • Economic family status of person November 16, 2015 to May 25, 2021

    Foster children are now included in "Other economic family member" instead of "Child of economic family reference person."

    The two methods for deriving economic family characteristics have been included.

  • Economic family status of person October 22, 2007 to November 15, 2015

    The previous standard made no reference to same sex couples and did not include foster children. The new terminology, "Person not in an economic family", has replaced "Unattached individual".

  • Economic family status July 15, 1998 to October 21, 2007
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