Type of household

Status: This standard was replaced by the 'Type of private household' as of March 24, 2016.


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

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.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Additional information

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.

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