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2011 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations

Household Type (17), Household Size (9) and Structural Type of Dwelling (10) for Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 Census

About this variable: Household type (17)


No definition is available for this variable.


  1. Total - Household type Footnote 1
  2. Census family households
  3. One-family only households Footnote 3
  4. Couple family households Footnote 4
  5. Without children
  6. With children
  7. Lone-parent family households
  8. Other family households Footnote 8
  9. One-family households with persons not in a census family
  10. Couple family households Footnote 10
  11. Without children
  12. With children
  13. Lone-parent family households
  14. Two-or-more-family households
  15. Non-census family households
  16. One-person households
  17. Two-or-more-person households


Footnote 1

Household type
Part A - Short definition
Not applicable
Part B - Detailed definition
Refers to the basic division of private households into family and non-family households. Family household refers to a household that contains at least one census family, that is, a married couple with or without children, or a couple living common-law with or without children, or a lone parent living with one or more children (lone-parent family). One-family household refers to a single census family (with or without other persons) that occupies a private dwelling. Multiple-family household refers to a household in which two or more census families (with or without additional persons) occupy the same private dwelling. Family households may also be divided based on the presence of persons not in a census family.
Non-family household refers to either one person living alone in a private dwelling or to a group of two or more people who share a private dwelling, but who do not constitute a census family.

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Footnote 3

Refers to households that consist solely of one census family without additional persons.

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Footnote 4

Refers to households with opposite-sex or same-sex couples.

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Footnote 8

Refers to one-census family households with additional persons and to multiple-census family households, with or without additional persons.

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Footnote 10

Refers to households with opposite-sex or same-sex couples.

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