Opposite- or same-sex status of couple family

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on September 24, 2021.


Opposite- or same-sex status refers to whether the spouses or partners are of the opposite sex or the same sex.

Couple family refers to a family that contains a married or common-law couple.

In economic families, a couple family is a family where the reference person has a married spouse or common-law partner in the family (regardless of whether or not the reference person also has children).


'Opposite- or same-sex status of couple family' is derived from the responses to questions about the relationships among the people who live in the household and about the sex of each household member.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Opposite- or same-sex status of couple family September 24, 2021 to current

    The name and definition of the concept 'opposite- or same-sex status' and the definition of the statistical unit 'couple family' have been modified.

  • Opposite/same-sex status of couple family October 22, 2007 to September 23, 2021

    This was the departmental standard from October 22, 2007 to September 23, 2021.

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