Coverage Technical Report, Census of Population, 2016
Appendix A – Whom to include in the census questionnaire
The following instructions were provided on page 3 of the 2016 Census short- and long-form questionnaires to help determine who should be included in the questionnaire.
1. Whom to include in Step B
- All persons who have their main residence at this address on May 10, 2016, including newborn babies, roommates and persons who are temporarily away,
- Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), persons asking for refugee status (refugee claimants), persons from another country with a work or study permit and family members living here with them,
- Persons staying at this address temporarily on May 10, 2016, who have no main residence elsewhere.
2. Where to include persons with more than one residence
- Children in joint custody should be included in the home of the parent where they live most of the time. Children who spend equal time with each parent should be included in the home of the parent with whom they are staying on May 10, 2016.
- Students who return to live with their parents during the year should be included at their parents’ address, even if they live elsewhere while attending school or working at a summer job.
- Spouses or common-law partners temporarily away who stay elsewhere while working or studying should be listed at the main residence of their family, if they return periodically.
- Persons in an institution for less than six months (for example, in a home for the aged, a hospital or a prison) should be listed at their usual residence.
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