Status: This was the departmental standard from July 15, 1998 to April 15, 2012.
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.
Relation to previous version
- Household April 16, 2012 to current
The previous standard had a general statement about households above the definition of the statistical unit. In addition, the previous standard included information about the household universe within the definition. In this standard, both the general statement about households and the information about the household universe have been made into a note below the statistical unit definition.
- Household July 15, 1998 to April 15, 2012
This was the departmental standard from July 15, 1998 to April 15, 2012.