Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Government transfers not included elsewhere

Release date: November 17, 2021Updated on: July 13, 2022


All government transfers received during the reference period, other than those from the following sources:

The key components of this variable are refundable provincial tax credits, provincial income supplements for seniors, other provincial credits, benefits and rebates, government emergency response funds, veterans' pensions, war veterans' allowance, pensions to widow(er)s and dependants of veterans.

For the 2021 Census in particular, this included various emergency and recovery benefits in 2020 from new and existing federal, provincial, and territorial government income programs intended to provide financial support to individuals affected by the COVID‑19 pandemic and the public health measures implemented to minimize the spread of the virus. These programs include:

For the 2021 Census, the reference period for income data is the calendar year 2020, unless otherwise specified.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021 and 2016 (100% data)

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Variable derived based on administrative tax and benefit records received from the Canada Revenue Agency.


Positive dollar value or nil


See 'Remarks' under total income.

This variable is a component of other government transfers. See also income sources.

For more information, please refer to Appendix 2.4 Components of income in 2020.

For the 2021 Census, the various COVID‑19 benefits included in the Government transfers not included elsewhere variable are available as separate categories for analysis. See also COVID-19 – Government income support and benefits and COVID‑19 – Emergency and recovery benefits.

For additional information about COVID‑19 benefits, data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the income data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2021.

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