Legacy Open Data Catalogue
Census local area profiles 2006
Planning and Development Services - Research and Data
Data currency comments
The data for Census 2006 was collected in May 2006.
Data set description
The census is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive data source conducted by Statistics Canada every five years. The Census of Population collects demographics and linguistic information on every man, woman and child living in Canada.
The data shown here is provided by Statistics Canada from the 2006 Census as a custom profile data order for the City of Vancouver, using the City’s 22 local planning areas. The data may be reproduced provided they are credited to Statistics Canada, Census 2006, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.
Data accuracy comments
Statistics Canada is committed to protect the privacy of all Canadians and the confidentiality of the data they provide to us. As part of this commitment, some population counts of geographic areas are adjusted in order to ensure confidentiality.
Counts of the total population are rounded to a base of 5 for any dissemination block having a population less than 15. Population counts for all standard geographic areas above the dissemination block level are derived by summing the adjusted dissemination block counts. The adjustment of dissemination block counts is controlled to ensure that the population counts for dissemination areas will always be within 5 of the actual values. The adjustment has no impact on the population counts of census divisions and large census subdivisions.
- Total private dwellings
- Private dwellings occupied by usual residents
- Age - 100% data
- Median age
- Common-law status - 100% data
- Legal marital status - 100% data
- Never legally married (single)
- Legally married (and not separated)
- Separated, but still legally married
- Occupied private dwellings - 20% sample data
- Apartments in buildings with fewer than five storeys - as a % of total occupied private dwellings
- Apartments, duplex - as a % of total occupied private dwellings
- Other dwellings - as a % of total occupied private dwellings
- Number of owned dwellings
- Number of rented dwellings
- Number of dwellings constructed between 1986 and 2006
- Dwellings with more than one person per room - as a % of total occupied private dwellings
- Average number of rooms per dwelling
- Average value of owned dwelling ($)
- Family characteristics - 20% sample data
- Number of married-couple families
- Median income in 2005 - Married-couple families ($)
- Average number of persons in married-couple families
- Median after-tax income in 2005 - Married-couple families ($)
- Number of common-law-couple families
- Median income in 2005 - Common-law-couple families ($)
- Average number of persons in common-law-couple families
- Median income in 2005 - All census families ($)
- Median after-tax income in 2005 - All census families ($)
- Household characteristics - 20% sample data
- Median income in 2005 - Couple households with children ($)
- Households containing a couple (married or common-law) with children
- Median after-tax income in 2005 - Couple households with children ($)
- Median income in 2005 - Couple households without children ($)
- Households containing a couple (married or common-law) without children
- Median after-tax income in 2005 - Couple households without children ($)
- Other household types
- Median income in 2005 - Other household types ($)
- Median after-tax income in 2005 - Other household types ($)
- Median income in 2005 - All private households ($)
- Median after-tax income in 2005 - All private households ($)
- Median monthly payments for rented dwellings ($)
- Median monthly payments for owner-occupied dwellings ($)
- Mother tongue - 20% sample data
- Other language(s)
- Knowledge of official languages - 20% sample data
- Data on knowledge of official languages
- Language spoken most often at home - 20% sample data
- Immigrant status and period of immigration - 20% sample data
- 2001 to 2006
- Non-permanent residents
- Citizenship - 20% sample data
- Not Canadian citizens
- Generation status - 20% sample data
- 1st generation
- 2nd generation
- 3rd generation or more
- Mobility status - Place of residence 1 year ago - 20% sample data
- Mobility status - Place of residence 5 years ago - 20% sample data
- Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal identity population - 20% sample data
- Aboriginal identity population
- Educational attainment - 20% sample data
- High school certificate or equivalent
- College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma
- Major field of study - 20% sample data
- Location of study - 20% sample data
- Labour force activity - 20% sample data
- In the labour force
- Not in the labour force
- Participation rate
- Employment rate
- Unemployment rate
- Occupation - 20% sample data
- Experienced labour force
- Broad occupational category A - Management occupations
- Industry - 20% sample data
- Unpaid work - 20% sample data
- Persons reporting hours of unpaid housework
- Persons reporting hours looking after children, without pay
- Persons reporting hours of unpaid care or assistance to seniors
- Language used most often at work - 20% sample data
- Place of work status - 20% sample data
- Mode of transportation to work - 20% sample data
- Total visible minority population - 20% sample data
- South Asian
- Southeast Asian
- West Asian
- Visible minority, n.i.e.
- Multiple visible minority
- Not a visible minority
- Persons 15 years and over with earnings (counts)
- Median earnings - Persons 15 years and over who worked full year, full time ($)
- Median earnings - Persons 15 years and over ($)
- Persons 15 years and over with earnings who worked full year, full time (counts)
- Persons 15 years and over with income (counts)
- Median income - Persons 15 years and over ($)
- Median income after tax - Persons 15 years and over ($)
- Composition of total income (100%)
- Income status of all persons in private households (counts)
- Attributes are listed in the same order as they appear in the dataset
- Refer to the 2006 Census Dictionary for full definitions of each attribute
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Data set details
- The 22 Local Areas is defined by the Census blocks and is equal to the City’s 22 local planning areas and includes the Musqueam 2 reserve.
- Vancouver CSD (Census Subdivision) is defined by the City of Vancouver municipal boundary which excludes the Musqueam 2 reserve but includes Stanley Park.
- Vancouver CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) is defined by the Metro Vancouver boundary which includes the following Census Subdivisions: Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, District of Langley, Delta, District of North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, City of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Port Moody, City of Langley, White Rock, Pitt Meadows, Greater Vancouver A, Bowen Island, Capilano 5, Anmore, Musqueam 2, Burrard Inlet 3, Lions Bay, Tsawwassen, Belcarra, Mission 1, Matsqui 4, Katzie 1, Semiahmoo, Seymour Creek 2, McMillian Island 6, Coquitlam 1, Musqueam 4, Coquitlam 2, Katzie 2, Whonnock 1, Barnston Island 3, and Langley 5.
- In 2006 there were changes made to the definition of households. A number of Single Room Occupancy and Seniors facilities were considered to be dwellings in 2001, and collective dwellings in 2006. As a result the residents of those buildings would not be considered to be households in 2006. There is a high likelihood that residents of such facilities have low incomes, and there will have been an impact on the count of households considered to have a low income.
- A number of changes were made to the census family concept for 2001 which account for some of the increase in the total number of families, single parent families and children living at home.
- Occupied Dwellings are those with a household living in them. The change to the definition of households (already noted) also affects the number of occupied dwellings.
- In 2006 there was a change made to the definition of duplex. While it is still defined as a dwelling in a building with two dwellings, one above the other, in 2001 these were only detached properties. In 2006 the definition changed so they could be joined to other similar properties. In 2006 Statistics Canada also seem to have identified more duplexes than before.
- In 2006 Statistics Canada conducted the Census with a mail-in or online response. To facilitate this, they identified more secondary addresses in houses. This probably also contributes to the increase from 2001 in the number of duplexes, and the reduction in the number of single-family dwellings.
- Data products that are identified as 20% sample data refer to information that was collected using the long census questionnaire. For the most part, these data were collected from 20% of the households; however they also include some areas, such as First Nations communities and remote areas, where long census form data were collected from 100% of the households.