Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Looked for paid work in past four weeks (full- or part-time work)

Release date: May 3, 2017


Refers to whether or not a person actively looked for paid work in the four weeks from April 10 to May 7, 2016. The work sought could be either full time (30 hours or more per week) or part time (less than 30 hours per week). 'Actively looked' means using such job search methods as contacting a Canada Employment Centre, checking with employers, or placing or answering newspaper ads.

Early enumeration was conducted in remote, isolated parts of the provinces and territories in February, March and April 2016. When enumeration has taken place before May 2016, the reference date used is the date on which the household was enumerated.

Statistical unit(s)

Person 15 years or over


Not applicable

Reported in

2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981 (20% sample). For availability prior to 1981, please refer to Appendix 2.0.

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, 2016.

Question number(s)

Direct variable: Question 33


No; Yes, looked for full-time work; Yes, looked for part-time work (less than 30 hours per week)


For more information, see the definitions for Unemployed and Not in the labour force variables.

For information on the comparability of the 2016 Census labour force status data with those of the Labour Force Survey, see Appendix 6.1.


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