Type of household
Status: This was the departmental standard from July 15, 1998 to April 15, 2012.
Type refers to a general character, form, or a characteristic that distinguishes a particular group or class of things.
Household is generally defined as being composed of a person or group of persons who co-reside in, or occupy, a dwelling. As in the case of dwellings, both collective and private households are identified.
Household refers to a person or group of persons who occupy the same dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada or abroad. The dwelling may be either a collective dwelling or a private dwelling. The household may consist of a family group such as a census family, of two or more families sharing a dwelling, of a group of unrelated persons or of a person living alone. Household members who are temporarily absent on reference day are considered part of their usual household.
The household universe is divided into two sub-universes on the basis of whether or not the household is occupying a collective dwelling or a private dwelling. The former is identified as a collective household while the latter is a private household.
Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards
There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.
- Classification of type of household July 15, 1998 to March 23, 2016
In the context of household, type refers to the types of groupings of persons and living arrangements found in private households.
Relation to previous version
- Type of household April 16, 2012 to March 23, 2016
This definition was updated on April 16, 2012.
- Type of household July 15, 1998 to April 15, 2012
This was the departmental standard from July 15, 1998 to April 15, 2012.