2006 Census Topic-based tabulations

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Industry - North American Industry Classification System 2002 (23), Occupation - National Occupational Classification for Statistics 2006 (60), Class of Worker (6) and Sex (3) for the Labour Force 15 Years and Over of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data

About this variable: Industry - North American Industry Classification System 2002 (23)


Industry (based on the 2002 North American Industry Classification System [NAICS])

Part A - Plain language definition
General nature of the business carried out in the establishment where the person worked. The 2006 Census data on industry (based on the 2002 NAICS) can be compared with data from Canada's NAFTA partners (United States and Mexico).

Part B - Detailed definition
Refers to the general nature of the business carried out in the establishment where the person worked. If the person did not have a job during the week (Sunday to Saturday) prior to enumeration (May 16, 2006), the data relate to the job of longest duration since January 1, 2005. Persons with two or more jobs were required to report the information for the job at which they worked the most hours.
The 2006 Census industry data are produced according to the 2002 NAICS. The NAICS provides enhanced industry comparability among the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trading partners (Canada, United States and Mexico). This classification consists of a systematic and comprehensive arrangement of industries structured into 20 sectors, 103 subsectors and 328 industry groups. The criteria used to create these categories are similarity of input structures, labour skills or production processes used by the establishment. For further information on the classification, see North American Industry Classification System, Canada, 2002, Catalogue no. 12-501-XPE.


  1. Total labour force
  2. Industry - Not applicable Footnote 2
  3. All industries Footnote 3
  4. 11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  5. 21 Mining and oil and gas extraction
  6. 22 Utilities
  7. 23 Construction
  8. 31-33 Manufacturing
  9. 41 Wholesale trade
  10. 44-45 Retail trade
  11. 48-49 Transportation and warehousing
  12. 51 Information and cultural industries
  13. 52 Finance and insurance
  14. 53 Real estate and rental and leasing
  15. 54 Professional, scientific and technical services
  16. 55 Management of companies and enterprises
  17. 56 Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
  18. 61 Educational services
  19. 62 Health care and social assistance
  20. 71 Arts, entertainment and recreation
  21. 72 Accommodation and food services
  22. 81 Other services (except public administration)
  23. 91 Public administration


Footnote 2

Unemployed persons 15 years and over who have never worked for pay or in self-employment or who had last worked prior to January 1, 2005 only.

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Footnote 3

Refers to the experienced labour force population: includes persons who were employed and persons who were unemployed who worked for pay or in self-employment since January 1, 2005.

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