Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Regular dwelling

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


Regular dwelling refers to a private dwelling which meets the two conditions for year-round occupancy. It must have a source of heat or power (as evidenced by chimneys, power lines, oil or gas pipes or meters, generators, woodpiles, electric lights, heat pumps or solar panels). It must provide shelter from the elements, as evidenced by complete and enclosed walls and roof, and by doors and windows that provide protection from wind, rain and snow. These dwellings are classified into dwellings occupied by usual residents, dwellings occupied solely by foreign residents and/or by temporarily present persons, and unoccupied dwellings.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021,Footnote 1 2016,Footnote 1 2011,Footnote 1 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981.

Reported for

Not applicable

Question number(s)

Not applicable


Not applicable


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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