2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016
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A household can contain one or more families. In a multiple family household, one family is called the primary family.
Where there was more than one family in a household on Census night, the family with an other related individual is designated as the primary family. If there was more than one family, and no other related individuals were present in the household, then the family with the most dependent children is designated as the primary family. If there are no other related individuals and no dependent children present in the household, then the first family identified on the Census form becomes the primary family.
See also Child, Family, Household, Other related individual, Relationship in Household (RLHP).