Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Legal marital status

Release date: May 3, 2017


'Legal marital status' refers to the marital status of the person under the law not taking into account common-law status. All persons aged less than 15 are considered as never married. Civil unions are included. Same-sex marriage has been legal in all provinces and territories of Canada since 2005.

Statistical unit(s)



Legal marital status

Reported in

2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991.

Reported for

Total population

Question number(s)

Direct variable: Question 4


Never legally married; Legally married (and not separated); Separated, but still legally married; Divorced; Widowed


For more information, refer to the definition of marital status.

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