Data tables, 2016 Census

Economic Family Total Income Groups (22) in Constant (2015) Dollars, Economic Family Structure (9), Family Size of Economic Family (5), Ages of Economic Family Members (18), Number of Earners in the Economic Family (6) and Year (2) for Economic Families in Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data and 2016 Census - 100% Data

About this variable: Economic family structure (9)


Economic family structure

'Economic family structure' refers to the combination of relatives that comprise a family. Classification on this variable considers the presence or absence of: married spouses or common-law partners; children; and other relatives.


  1. Total - Economic family structure Footnote 1
  2. Couple economic families
  3. Couple economic families without children or other relatives
  4. Couple economic families with children
  5. Couple economic families with other relatives only
  6. Lone-parent economic families
  7. Male lone-parent economic families
  8. Female lone-parent economic families
  9. Other economic families


Footnote 1

For more information, refer to the Census Dictionary: Economic family; Economic family structure.

The way that economic families are classified by economic family structure depends on who is selected as the economic family reference person. For the 2016 Census, the criteria for determining who is the economic family reference person changed slightly. Data appearing in this table for 2011, 2006 or 2001, as the case may be, have been updated to reflect the 2016 procedures in order to provide comparable data for all years shown. For more information, refer to the Families Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

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