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Census of Canada, 1996


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Note: Some data from the 1996 census of Canada are for use by faculty, students and staff of Data Liberation Initiative member institutions, and for research and teaching purposes only. Such files are here restricted to access from University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University IP addresses only. Other data are designated 'public use' by Statistics Canada. See 'restricted/public use' notes at the beginning of individual sections of this document.


Table of Contents: documentation, aggregate statistics, microdata files, geospatial files, other files (census of agriculture and Beyond 20/20 software)
Documentation
General documentation
Commonly used geographic codes Codes for standard Census geographic areas
Glossary of census geographic terms, English-French
Statistics Canada's 1996 census release schedules Dates of planned release of individual standard products.
Aggregated statistics

Note re net undercoverage in the 1996 Census: "Data from the 1996 Census will not be revised for net undercoverage, since there is not enough information to accurately adjust census data at all geographical levels and for small subgroups of the population." Source: The daily, Thursday, September 24, 1998.

Search aggregate data tables Searchable database of all table titles in the Nation, Dimensions, Profile, and Basic summary tabulations series.
Population and dwelling counts The count of persons and dwellings only, at large and small levels of geography, including i.e. Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations, census subdivisions, census tracts, enumeration areas, federal electoral districts, and full postal codes.
Nation series Tables containing one or more characteristics (e.g. age by sex), at very high levels of geography, i.e. Canada, provinces and territories, and for some tables, 25 census metropolitan areas (CMAs). (I.e. aggregate, multi-variate distributions.)
Dimensions series More detailed tables on special topics, e.g. ethnocultural and social characteristics, income and earnings, place of work and mode of transporation. These tables contain one or more characteristics (e.g. immigration status by income groups), at very high levels of geography, i.e. Canada, provinces and territories (i.e. aggregate, multi-variate distributions.). For some tables, data are available for census metropolitan areas (CMAs) or census divisions (CDs) and census subdivisions (CSDs).
Profile series Census characteristics, by large and small levels of geography, i.e. Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations, census subdivisions, census tracts, enumeration areas, federal electoral districts, and forward sortation areas. (I.e. aggregate, univariate distributions.)
Basic summary tabulations Tables containing one or more characteristics (e.g. age by sex), by large and small levels of geography, i.e. Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations, census subdivisions, census tracts, enumeration areas, federal electoral districts, and forward sortation areas. (I.e. aggregate, multivariate distributions.)
Microdata
Public use microdata files Microdata files, containing anonymized samples of long-form (2B) responses permitting users to do own analyses. Geographic identification of very high levels of geography (provinces and selected CMAs) only.
Geospatial files
Spatial data files Files which permit computer mapping of major levels of census geography, using computer mapping software.
Geographic reference files Files which permit linkeage of census geography to other geographic levels, e.g. 1991 census enumeration areas, postal codes, etc.
Thematic maps Spatial distribution of selected characteristics:
Toronto 1996 census atlas (by University of Toronto GIS Service)
Niagara, southern Ontario, and major Canadian cities (Brock University Map Library)
Community Information Database
Other
Census of agriculture Aggregate statistics from the 1996 census of agriculture.
Beyond 20/20 Software required for use with most aggregate data products, including nation, dimensions, profile and basic summary tabulations series, as well as Census of Agriculture data.

Statistics Canada's 1996 census products release schedules:

 

General documentation [English language]


1996 Census dictionary (final edition; PDF format) dict_uie.pdf
1996 Census dictionary (abridged)
About the 1996 census tables (HTML version): about.html
Introduction [ASCII version] intr_eng.txt
Population universe [ASCII version] pop_eng.txt
Labour market activities: hours worked for pay or in self-employment [ASCII version] pop50.txt
Family universe [ASCII version] family.txt
Household universe [ASCII version] house.txt
Dwelling universe [ASCII version] dwell.txt
Geography [ASCII version] geo_eng.txt
Standard notes, endnotes, and special notes [ASCII version] specnote.txt
General data quality notes and other data quality notes (i.e. coverage errors, other non-sampling errors, sampling errors, confidentiality and random rounding, sampling and weighting) [ASCII version] datqen.txt
Incompletely enumerated Indian reserves: with 1991 & 1996 population and dwelling counts [ASCII version] indian1.txt
Incompletely enumerated Indian reserves: in alphabetic order [ASCII version] indian2.txt
1996 census questionnaire
Short form questionnaire (PDF format): 96-2a-en.pdf
Long form questionnaire (PDF format): 96-2b-en.pdf
Guide for long form questionnaire: guide-en.pdf
Technical reports
Age, sex, marital status and common-law status (92-353-XIE)(PDF format): 0009692-353-XIE.pdf
Sampling and weighting (92-371-XIE)(PDF format): 0009692-371-XIE.pdf
Coverage (92-370-XIE)(PDF format): 0009692-370-XIE.pdf
Comparison of the census and alternative sources of data
Source: 2001 Census consultation guide./ Statistics Canada (92-125-GIE)
<http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/92-125-GIE/html/toc.htm>
Age, sex, marital and common-law status (PDF format): e-s04-g1.pdf
Fertility: e-s05-g1.pdf
Family characteristics (PDF format): e-s06-g1.pdf, e-s06-g2.pdf
Mobility (PDF format): e-s07-g1.pdf, e-s07-g2.pdf
Citizenship & immigration (PDF format): e-s08-g1.pdf, e-s08-g2.pdf
Ethno-cultural characteristics (PDF format): e-s10-g1.pdf
Aboriginal peoples (PDF format): e-s11-g1.pdf
Religion (PDF format): e-s12-g1.pdf
Language (PDF format): e-s13-g1.pdf
Activity limitations (PDF format): e-s14-g1.pdf
Education (PDF format): e-s15-g1.pdf, e-s15-g2.pdf, e-s15-g3.pdf, e-s15-g4.pdf, e-s15-g5.pdf
Labour market activities (PDF format): e-s16-g1.pdf, e-s16-g2.pdf
Place of work and mode of transportation (PDF format): e-s17-g1.pdf
Household activities (PDF format): e-s18-g1.pdf
Income (PDF format): e-s19-g1.pdf, e-s19-g2.pdf
Housing & shelter costs (PDF format): e-s20-g1.pdf, e-s20-g2.pdf
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Population & dwelling counts

Note 1: Population and dwelling counts data at the postal code level are designated 'restricted' by Statistics Canada, and thus are restricted to use by University of Toronto faculty, students and staff, for research and teaching purposes, only. Other users should contact Statistics Canada.
Note 2: Population and dwelling counts data on the GeoRef cd-rom are designated 'public use' by Statistics Canada, and thus are available to all users.

  • Canada, provinces & territories, CMAs and CAs, selected CSDs[on Statistics Canada WWW site] [Unrestricted]:

    Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, 1991 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data. table1.htm table1e.pdf
    Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Metropolitan Areas in Decreasing Order of 1996 Population, 1991 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data. table2.htm table2e.pdf
    Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Agglomerations in Alphabetical Order, 1991 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data table4.htm table4e.pdf
    Population Counts, Showing Distribution Inside and Outside Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, 1996 Census - 100% Data table6.htm table6e.pdf
    Census Subdivisions (Municipalities) With the Greatest Percentage Population Growth, 1991 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data table12.htm table12e.pdf
    Census Subdivisions (Municipalities) With the Greatest Percentage Population Decline, 1991 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data table13.htm table13e.pdf
    Urban and Rural Population Counts, for Provinces and Territories, 1996 Census - 100% Data table15.htm table15e.pdf

  • Province, FED, CD/CSD, CT, CMA/CA, EA level [Restricted to UT, York, & Ryerson IP addresses]: see Geosuite (92F0085XCB)
  • Postal code counts [cd-rom](92F0086XCB) [Restricted to UT, York, & Ryerson IP addresses]:

    Contains population and dwelling counts for all six character postal codes reported by census respondents.
    Note: these population and dwelling counts are not randomly rounded to the nearest multiple of five (5).

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