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Census of Canada public use microdata

These data are provided by Statistics Canada under the terms of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) license.

Historically, there have been two mandatory census forms: the short form, which was sent to all Canadian households, and the long form, which was sent to 20% of Canadian households. Starting with the 2011 Census, there is only a mandatory short form. The questions that have traditionally been asked in the mandatory long form have been moved to a new voluntary National Household Survey (NHS). (The exception to this is the language questions, which were added to the mandatory short form.) Click here to access the National Household Survey (NHS) Files.


Public use microdata files

Census of Canada, 2006 hierarchical file Data Documentation
individuals [Corrected 2010-05-27] Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 2001 individuals [Revision 2; reloaded 2006/05/05] Data Documentation
families [Reloaded 2006/11/23] Data Documentation
households and housing [Reloaded 2008/04/02] Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 1996 individuals
[UT/DLS ed., contains subsample variable with range 0-999] [Reloaded 2011-01-26]
Data Documentation
families [version 3] Data Documentation
households [version 2] [Reloaded 2000/05/19] Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 1991 individuals Data Documentation
families Data Documentation
households Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 1986 individuals Data Documentation
families Data Documentation
households Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 1981 individuals [Reloaded 2007/01/12] Data Documentation
households Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 1976 individuals [Reloaded 2006/08/30] Data Documentation
families [Reloaded 2006/08/29] Data Documentation
households Data Documentation

Census of Canada, 1971 individuals - provincial sample [Reloaded 2006/06/26] Data Documentation
individuals - Montreal and Toronto sample [Reloaded 2006/06/26] Data Documentation
families - provincial sample Data Documentation
families - Montreal and Toronto sample Data Documentation
households - provincial sample [Reloaded 2006/08/29] Data Documentation
households - Montreal and Toronto sample [Reloaded 2006/08/29] Data Documentation

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Created: 2004/01/30; Last updated: 2014-07-31