Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Admission category

Release date: May 3, 2017 Updated on: October 25, 2017


Admission category refers to the name of the immigration program or group of programs under which an immigrant has been granted for the first time the right to live in Canada permanently by immigration authorities.

Statistical unit(s)



Admission category of immigrant

Reported in

2016 (25% sample)

Reported for

Persons in private households who are, or who have ever been, landed immigrants or permanent residents since 1980.

Question number(s)

Data on admission category are collected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using administrative records. This variable was added to the 2016 Census of Population through a record linkage.


Please refer to Appendix 5.5 for the list of admission categories disseminated for the 2016 Census of Population. For a visual representation of the classification, please refer to Figure 5.4.


In the 2016 Census of Population, data on admission category are available for immigrants who landed in Canada between January 1st, 1980 and May 10th, 2016.

For more information on immigration variables, including information on their classifications, the questions from which they are derived, data quality and their comparability with other sources of data, please refer to the Place of Birth, Generation Status, Citizenship and Immigration Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

For additional information regarding admission category, please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

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