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Modified on November 14, 2007
Refers to whether persons were, during the week (Sunday to Saturday) prior to Census Day (May 16, 2006); (a) on temporary lay-off from a job to which they expected to return or (b) absent from their job or business for the entire week. Reasons for absence included a vacation, an illness, a strike or lock-out at the respondent's place of employment, or other reasons, including maternity leave, bad weather, fire, personal or family responsibilities, and attendance at training courses if wages or salaries were received from the employer. 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.