Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Figure 2.2
Family membership and family status

Release date: February 9, 2022

Family membership and family status

Description for Figure 2.2

Figure 2.2 presents how the population covered by the census is separated for production and dissemination purposes. The total population is broken down into either persons in private households or persons in collective households. Persons in private households are further divided into two categories: persons in economic families and persons not in economic families.

Persons in economic families may include persons in census families, composed of three categories: persons in couples (married spouses or common‑law partners), parents in one‑parent families and children. The category of children is further broken down into two subcategories: children in couple families and children in one-parent families.

Persons in economic families may also include persons living with relatives (other than their married spouse, common‑law partner or children [foster children are included]).

Persons not in economic families include persons living with non‑relatives only and persons living alone.

Persons not in census families include persons living with relatives (other than their married spouse, common‑law partner or children [foster children are included]), persons living with non‑relatives only and persons living alone.

Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2021.

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