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General Social Survey on family: Public use microdata file, 2017

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Released: 2020-05-27

The public use microdata file for the 2017 General Social Survey (GSS) is now available.

The 2017 GSS on Family monitors changes in Canadian families. It collects information on: conjugal and parental history (chronology of marriages, common-law unions and children), family origins, departure from the parental home, fertility intentions, certain social programs and policies (parental benefits, child care strategies, child custody and spousal support programs). The survey covered individuals aged 15 years and older living in private households in the provinces.

The initial results from the 2017 GSS on Family were released in The Daily on February 7, 2019. Data were also featured in the Family Matters infographics series (Catalogue number11-627-M), which included "Family Matters: Grandparents in Canada," "Family Matters: Under the same roof, living with my parents!," "Family Matters: Long-lasting relationships," and "Family Matters: Splitting household tasks: Who does what?."


The 2017 General Social Survey, Cycle 31: Family Public Use Microdata File (Catalogue number45250001) is now available upon request, along with extensive documentation including a user guide and data dictionary.

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