Part A - Short definition:
Common-law refers to two people living together as a couple but not legally married to each other.
Part B - Detailed definition:
Common-law refers to two people living together as a couple but not legally married to each other. They may be of opposite sex or of the same sex.
2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991
Direct variable: Question 5
In the 1981 and 1986 censuses, people living common law could report their relationship by using one of the response categories in the question on relationship to Person 1; they were nonetheless included in the category 'Married' for purposes of data on marital status. For more information, see Marital status.
Since 2001, the response category 'Yes' includes same-sex common-law partners.
All persons under 15 years of age are considered to be not living common law.
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