Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Location of study

Release date: May 3, 2017

Definition

'Location of study' refers to either:

- the province, territory or country of the institution from which a person obtained a certificate, diploma or degree, or;

- the province, territory or country of the institution that a person attended during a specified reference period, or for a specific level of education.

In both cases, location of study refers to the location of the institution granting the certificate, diploma or degree, not the location of the person at the time he or she obtained the qualification or was attending the institution. The geographic location is specified according to boundaries current at the time the data are collected, not the boundaries at the time of study.

This variable indicates the province or territory (in Canada) or country (outside Canada) of the institution from which the highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree was obtained. It is only reported for individuals who had completed a certificate, diploma or degree above the secondary (high) school level.

This variable is reported for persons aged 15 years and over in private households.

Statistical unit(s)

Person

Classification(s)

Location of study
Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2016
Countries and Areas of Interest for Social Statistics - SCCAI 2016

Reported in

2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006 (20% sample).

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Coded variable: Question 28

Responses

Completed the highest certificate, diploma or degree in Canada – specify province or territory; Completed the highest certificate, diploma or degree outside Canada – specify country.

Countries outside Canada are classified according to the Standard Classification of Countries and Areas of Interest (SCCAI) 2016. A variant of this classification allows the countries to be aggregated into geographical sub-regions and geographical macro-regions.

Remarks

This variable is important in measuring the national and international flow of skilled individuals living in Canada at the time of the 2016 Census of Population, regardless of whether they are Canadian-born or immigrants.

Respondents were asked to indicate the location of study according to the boundaries in existence on May 10, 2016, the reference date for the 2016 Census of Population. For example, respondents who declared a location of study in an area which, at the time of the completion of their credential, was part of the Northwest Territories but which is now part of the territory of Nunavut were asked to write 'Nunavut.' As well, respondents who declared a location of study in an area which, at the time of the completion of their credential, was part of the USSR but which is now part of Kazakhstan were asked to write 'Kazakhstan.'

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