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Individuals File, 2016 Census of Population (Public Use Microdata Files)

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Released: 2019-02-05

The Individuals File, 2016 Census of Population (Public Use Microdata Files) is now available.

The Individuals File represents a 2.7% sample of the Canadian population and provides access to 930,421 individual records which have been anonymized. It is a comprehensive social, demographic and economic database about Canada and its people and includes a wealth of information on population characteristics. Measures such as limiting the geographic identifiers in the file to provinces, territories and census metropolitan areas and limiting the detail in selected variables have been used to ensure the anonymity of respondents.


The product Individuals File, 2016 Census of Population (Public Use Microdata Files) (Catalogue number98M0001X) is available through Statistics Canada Electronic File Transfer Service in American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) format.

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