Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Private dwelling occupied by usual residents

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

Definition

A private dwelling occupied by usual residents refers to a private dwelling in which a person or a group of persons is permanently residing. Also included are private dwellings whose usual residents are temporarily absent on May 11, 2021. Unless otherwise specified, all data in housing products are for private dwellings occupied by usual residents, rather than for unoccupied private dwellings or dwellings occupied solely by foreign residents or by temporarily present 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

The number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents is equal to the number of private households in the 2021, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981 and 1976 censuses (see the definition of private household in the Census Dictionary). Prior to 2006, private dwellings occupied by usual residents were referred to as "dwelling, occupied private" in the Census Dictionary.

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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