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Data products

Census Profile

This product provides key statistics about the dwellings and the people living there (e.g., age, family composition, languages spoken, ethnicity, education and labour characteristics). Users are able to select a standard geographic area and compare two geographic areas. They can search by place name or postal code for an area of interest as large as Canada or as small as a grouping of city blocks. Profiles can be downloaded for a given area or the entire profile in a variety of commonly used formats (e.g., CSV, TAB, IVT or SDMX). Content is released cumulatively, starting with the Population and dwelling counts release.

Census Profile Standard Error Supplement, Canada, provinces, territories, census divisions (CDs) and aggregate dissemination areas (ADAs), 2016 Census

This supplement to the Census Profile will become available with the first release of the 2016 Census of Population long-form estimates on October 25, 2017 and will be updated with additional content released on November 29, 2017. The standard error for each long-form estimate is available with the standard Census Profile data for the selected geography. It is available for Canada, provinces, territories, census divisions (CDs) and aggregate dissemination areas (ADAs), and can be downloaded for a given area or the entire profile in a variety of commonly used formats (e.g., CSV, TAB or IVT).

Data tables

These cross-tabulations allow for a more detailed examination of Canada, by comparing up to eight variables across various levels of geography. Data tables are available with each census release, with additional tables (e.g., at lower geographic levels and different/additional variable combinations) produced following the 2016 Census major releases. Data tables can be downloaded in a variety of commonly used formats (e.g., CSV, TAB, IVT or SDMX).

Highlight tables

These tables are available for each of the six major 2016 Census of Population days of release, starting with population and dwelling counts. They present focused information for various levels of geography. These tables allow users to perform simple rank and sort functions and include percentage distributions and percentage changes from previous censuses to facilitate comparisons between years, and different geographic areas. Highlight tables can be downloaded in CSV or TAB formats.

Focus on Geography Series

Composed of tables, charts and short text, this product presents data highlights for selected geographic areas. The Focus on Geography Series includes some elements previously found in the 2011 Visual Census. Statistics Canada is also investigating additional data visualization initiatives to provide an interactive experience for users. More information about this initiative will be made available during the release cycle.

Aboriginal Population Profile

This profile presents information from the 2016 Census on the Aboriginal identity population. Data are provided for selected standard geographic areas such as census divisions, census subdivisions (including Indian reserves, Indian settlements and Inuit communities), census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations, as well as geographic areas such as Indian band areas, Inuit regions and Métis settlements associated with Aboriginal peoples (also known as Aboriginal geographies). These data are available for areas where the Aboriginal identity population is 250 or more. The Aboriginal Population Profile will be released following the major releases from the 2016 Census. The Aboriginal Population Profile can be downloaded for a given area or the entire profile in a variety of commonly used formats (e.g., CSV, TAB, IVT or SDMX).

Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs)

For the 2016 Census, the Individuals File and the Hierarchical File will be produced and available following the census major releases (i.e., 2018-2019). These files provide data on the characteristics of the Canadian population and contain samples of anonymous responses to the census questionnaire. The files have been carefully scrutinized to ensure the complete confidentiality of the individual responses. Geographic identifiers have been restricted to provinces/territories and metropolitan areas. The PUMFs are useful for policy analysts, pollsters, social researchers and anyone interested in modelling and performing statistical regression analysis using non-aggregated microdata. The PUMFs user can group and manipulate variables to suit data and research requirements. Tabulations excluded from other census products can be created or relationships between variables can be analyzed using different statistical tests. PUMFs provide quick access to a comprehensive social and economic database about Canada and its people. The Hierarchical File enables the study of individuals in relation to their census families, economic families and households. PUMFs have been produced from 1971 through to 2016.

Portrait of Official Language Communities in Canada

This product is a statistical portrait of English and French communities defined by either mother tongue or first official language spoken and will be released following the major census releases. Users are able to have a profile of the official language communities by gender, age and selected demographic, cultural, education, labour force and income characteristics. Data for selected standard geographic areas such as census divisions, census subdivisions, census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations can be viewed online, or downloaded for a given area or the entire profile in a variety of commonly used formats (e.g., CSV, TAB, IVT or SDMX).

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