Type of economic family

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


Type refers to a general character, form, or a characteristic that distinguishes a particular group or class of things.

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.


In the context of Economic family, type refers to the classification of economic families according to whether or not any member is responsible for household maintenance, that is, payments for rent, or mortgage, or taxes, or electricity, etc.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Type of economic family November 16, 2015 to current

    This is an update of 'Type of economic family'. The categories of the classification have been defined.

  • Type of economic family July 15, 1998 to November 15, 2015

    This was the departmental standard from July 15, 1998 to November 15, 2015.

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