Term: Canadian Census Data

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-07-08


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. [Original hyperlink: http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/reference/dictionary/ovtoc.cfm - Accessed on December 11, 2014. NOTE: Hyperlink updated to: https://census.gc.ca/census-recensement/2006/ref/dict/overview-apercu/index-eng.cfm on April 26, 2023.

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

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