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2001 Census Dictionary
The 2001 Census Dictionary provides detailed information on all of the concepts, universes, variables and geographic terms of the 2001 Census. The information provided for each variable includes a definition, the associated census question(s), the applicable response categories or classifications and special notes, for instance, on historical aspects.
New this year in the Internet version of the 2001 Census Dictionary is the inclusion of supplemental plain language definitions for certain variables, without census or Statistics Canada jargon, to help users better understand the meaning of the definitions.
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The Dictionary is divided into five sections. The first four focus on census "universes", i.e. groups of variables pertinent to a subject. Terms and variables are listed alphabetically by specific characteristics within each section. The fifth section provides information on the geographic terms used during the Census of Canada.
Population Universe Provides information on the characteristics of Canada's population, such as demography, language, mobility, immigration, labour force activity and income.
Family Universe Pertains to the characteristics of family units. Both census and economic families are included.
Household Universe Covers the characteristics of a person or a group of persons who occupy a private dwelling.
Dwelling Universe Describes the characteristics of dwelling units in Canada.
Geography Describes terms related to geographic areas, census cartography and census geographic products and services.
Some tables and figures in this document include the "As of March 12, 2002" date, to indicate that the information they contain will be updated later. This date will be changed when a modification is brought to them.
If a modification is brought to one of the variables, terms or appendices, a date will be incorporated to indicate when the modification was done (e.g. "Modified on April 12, 2002").
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