Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Person with recent work experience

Release date: November 17, 2021


Person with recent work experience refers to persons 15 years and over who were employed at some point during a reference period such as a year or more, regardless of labour force status during the survey's reference week or reference day.

For the census, 'Person with recent work experience' refers to persons aged 15 years and over, in private households, who were employed at some point in time between January 1st of the year before census and the reference week of the census year, regardless of whether or not they were in the labour force in the reference week.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021 and 2016 (25% sample); 2011Footnote 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981 (20% sample). For availability prior to 1981, please refer to the Last date of work in Appendix 2.1.

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Question 43


In 2021; In 2020


For the 2021 Census, the reference period referred to in the current definition is from January 1, 2020 to May 8, 2021.


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