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On temporary lay-off or absent from job or business

Part A - Short definition:

Not applicable

Part B - Detailed definition:

Refers to whether persons were, during the week of Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7, 2011:
(a) on temporary lay-off from a job to which they expected to return;
(b) absent from their job or business for the entire week.

Reasons for absence included vacations, an illness, a strike or lock-out at the respondent's place of employment, or other reasons.

Early enumeration was conducted in remote, isolated parts of the provinces and territories in February, March and April 2011. When enumeration has taken place before May 2011, the reference date used is the date on which the household was enumerated.

Reported in:


Reported for:

Population aged 15 years and over in private households, who did not work for pay or in self-employment in the week of Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Question number(s):

Direct variable: Question 35


No; Yes, on temporary lay-off from a job to which this person expects to return; Yes, on vacation, ill, on strike or locked out, or absent for other reasons


Data were collected for persons who did not work for pay or in self-employment in the week prior to enumeration.

This variable is used to derive the respondent's labour force status.

  1. For information on the comparability of the 2011 National Household Survey labour force status data with those of the Labour Force Survey, see Appendix 2.1.
  2. For more information, see the definitions for Employed, Unemployed and Not in the labour force variables.
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