Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Applicant type refers to whether an immigrant was identified as the principal applicant, the spouse or the dependant on the application for permanent residence.
2016 (25% sample)
Persons in private households who are, or who have ever been, landed immigrants or permanent residents since 1980.
Data on applicant type are collected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using administrative records. This variable was added to the 2016 Census of Population through a record linkage.
The standard classification for applicant type is 'Principal applicant' and 'Secondary applicant.'
In the 2016 Census of Population, data on applicant type are available for immigrants who landed in Canada between January 1st, 1980 and May 10th, 2016.
Within the applicant type variable, the two categories are defined as follows:
'Principal applicant' includes immigrants who were identified as the principal applicant on the application for permanent residence.
'Secondary applicant' includes immigrants who were identified as the married spouse, the common-law or conjugal partner or the dependant of the principal applicant on the application for permanent residence.
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