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Modified on December 11, 2007
Refers to whether or not a person actively looked for paid work in the four weeks prior to Census Day (May 16, 2006). The work sought could be either full time (30 hours or more per week) or part time (1 to 29 hours per week). 'Actively looked' means using such job search methods as contacting a Canada Employment Centre, checking with employers, or placing or answering newspaper ads. Data were collected for persons who did not work for pay or in self-employment in the week prior to enumeration.
This variable is used to derive the respondent's labour force activity status. Other than for specialized research in consultation with census labour market analysts, the use of this variable on its own is not recommended.