Term: Canadian Census Data

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Last Updated: 2013-07-08

Definition:

Social data based on a population survey (census) that include aggregate demographic information such as age, sex, marital status, employment, and income for all persons and housing units within a dissemination area in Canada. Statistics Canada conducts a Census every five years. It takes account of all Canadian citizens (by birth and by naturalization), landed immigrants, and non-permanent residents together with family members living with them (Statistics Canada, 2009). Dissemination areas include between 400-700 persons and the data can be aggregated upward to various geographic levels.

Source Statistics Canada. 2006 Census Dictionary: Overview of the Census. 2009. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/reference/dictionary/ovtoc.cfm - Accessed on December 11, 2014.

For more information on the Canadian Census data available from MCHP, see the:

  • Canada Census Data Description that contains a brief summary of the content of the data set and information on the Source Agency, Purpose, Years, Type, Size, Data Level, Components, Scope, Data Collection Method, Data Highlights, Data Cautions, Access Requirements, More Information, Last Updated and a list of Previous Studies using the data set;

  • MCHP Metadata Repository - Census - [Internal Access Only] - for technical and programming related information, including an Overview, Data Model, Data Quality, Data Dictionary, Documents and Reports, and Blog.

  • Statistics Canada - Current Census Information web site.

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