Modified on June 28, 2007
Classification of persons according to whether or not they are members of a census family and the status they have in the census family (a census family is composed of a married couple or two persons living common-law, with or without children, or of a lone parent living with at least one child in the same dwelling). A person can be a spouse, a common-law partner, a lone parent, a child or a person not in a census family.
Refers to the classification of the population according to whether or not the persons are members of a census family. (See Figure 14.)
Figure 14 Economic and census family membership and family status
Family persons refer to household members who belong to a census family. They, in turn, are further classified as follows:
Spouses refer to two persons of opposite sex or of the same sex who are legally married to each other and living in the same dwelling.
Common-law partners are two persons of opposite sex or of the same sex who are not legally married to each other, but live together as a couple in the same dwelling.
Lone parent refers to a mother or a father, with no spouse or common-law partner present, living in a dwelling with one or more children.
Children refer to blood, step- or adopted sons and daughters (regardless of age or marital status) who are living in the same dwelling as their parent(s), as well as grandchildren in households where there are no parents present. Sons and daughters who are living with their spouse or common-law partner, or with one or more of their own children, are not considered to be members of the census family of their parent(s), even if they are living in the same dwelling. In addition, those sons and daughters who do not live in the same dwelling as their parent(s) are not considered members of the census family of their parent(s). The category of 'children' can be further distinguished as follows:
Never-married sons and/or daughters in a census family, as used in censuses prior to 2001.
Other sons and/or daughters in a census family who would not have been included in the census family of their parents according to the previous concept.
Grandchildren living in the same household as their grandparent(s), with no parents present.
Persons not in census families refer to household members who do not belong to a census family.