Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Dwelling

Release date: November 17, 2021Updated on: April 27, 2022

Definition

A dwelling is defined as a set of living quarters. Two types of dwellings are identified in the census, collective dwellings and private dwellings. The former pertains to dwellings which are institutional, communal or commercial in nature. The latter, private dwellings, refers to a separate set of living quarters with a private entrance either from outside the building or from a common hall, lobby, vestibule or stairway inside the building. The entrance to the dwelling must be one that can be used without passing through the living quarters of some other person or group of persons.

Statistical unit(s)

Classification(s)

Reported in

2021, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966 and 1961.

Reported for

Not applicable

Question number(s)

Not applicable

Responses

Not applicable

Remarks

For more information on the dwelling population of interest, refer to the Type of Dwelling Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2021, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98‑500‑X.

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