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Modified on November 14, 2007
The historical labour force activity classifies persons 15 years of age and over, including institutional residents, in the week (Sunday to Saturday) prior to Census Day (May 16, 2006), as 'Employed', 'Unemployed' or 'Not in the labour force' according to the labour force activity concepts used in the 1971 Census.
The labour force activity concepts have remained fairly consistent since 1971. However, some changes in the questions asked, as well as some minor conceptual changes, have been introduced over time. These differences need to be taken into consideration whenever data from two or more census years are being compared. This variable which takes into account as many of these differences as possible should be used in doing historical tabulations that include 1971 or 1976 Census data. When doing historical tabulations that include 1981 to 2006 Census data only, the variable 'Labour force activity' can be used.