Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Weeks worked during the reference year

Release date: May 3, 2017


Refers to the number of weeks worked during the reference year during which persons worked for pay or in self-employment at all jobs held, even if only for a few hours.

Statistical unit(s)

Person 15 years or over


Not applicable

Reported in

2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981 (20% sample). For availability prior to 1981, please refer to Appendix 2.0.

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Direct variable: Question 46


None; Number of weeks (write-in entry)


For the 2016 Census, the reference year is 2015 for this variable.

It includes weeks of paid vacation, weeks on sick leave with pay and weeks in which training was paid for by the employer.

'Worked for pay or in self-employment' includes work without pay in a family farm, business or professional practice.

Respondents were instructed to enter 52 weeks if they were paid for a full year even though they worked less than a year (for example, a school teacher paid on a 12 month basis).


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