2011 National Household Survey: Data tables

Tabulation: Mother Tongue (8), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree (15), Labour Force Status (8), Immigrant Status and Period of Immigration (11), Age Groups (10C) and Sex (3) for the Population Aged 15 Years and Over, in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 National Household Survey

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This table details mother tongue , knowledge of official languages , highest certificate, diploma or degree , labour force status , immigrant status and period of immigration , age groups and sex for the population aged 15 years and over, in private households in CanadaFootnote 2
Global non-response rate (GNR)Footnote 3 = 26.1 %
Mother tongue (8) Labour force status (8)
Total - Labour force statusFootnote 4 In the labour force Employed Unemployed Not in the labour force Participation rate Employment rate Unemployment rate
Total - Mother tongue 27,259,525 17,990,080 16,595,035 1,395,045 9,269,445 66.0 60.9 7.8
English 15,258,565 10,359,050 9,549,210 809,840 4,899,510 67.9 62.6 7.8
French 5,889,225 3,818,050 3,569,940 248,110 2,071,170 64.8 60.6 6.5
Non-official language 5,756,455 3,569,915 3,256,565 313,350 2,186,545 62.0 56.6 8.8
English and French 42,640 25,575 23,135 2,445 17,060 60.0 54.3 9.6
English and non-official language 260,875 182,335 165,495 16,840 78,535 69.9 63.4 9.2
French and non-official language 47,630 32,520 28,320 4,200 15,110 68.3 59.5 12.9
English, French and non-official language 4,135 2,635 2,365 265 1,505 63.7 57.2 10.1


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Footnote 1

'Highest certificate, diploma or degree' refers to the highest certificate, diploma or degree completed based on a hierarchy which is generally related to the amount of time spent 'in-class.' For postsecondary completers, a university education is considered to be a higher level of schooling than a college education, while a college education is considered to be a higher level of education than in the trades. Although some trades requirements may take as long or longer to complete than a given college or university program, the majority of time is spent in on-the-job paid training and less time is spent in the classroom.

For further definitions, refer to the National Household Survey Dictionary, Catalogue no. 99-000-X. For any comments on collection, dissemination or data quality for this variable, refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 2

Excludes National Household Survey data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements.

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Footnote 3

For the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) estimates, the global non-response rate (GNR) is used as an indicator of data quality. This indicator combines complete non-response (household) and partial non-response (question) into a single rate. The value of the GNR is presented to users. A smaller GNR indicates a lower risk of non-response bias and as a result, lower risk of inaccuracy. The threshold used for estimates' suppression is a GNR of 50% or more. For more information, please refer to the National Household Survey User Guide, 2011.

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Footnote 4

In the past, this variable was called Labour force activity.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-010-X2011040.

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