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Dwelling, private, occupied by usual residents

Part A - Short definition:

A separate set of living quarters which has a private entrance either directly from outside or from a common hall, lobby, vestibule or stairway leading to the outside, and in which a person or a group of persons live permanently.

Part B - Detailed definition:

Refers to a private dwelling in which a person or a group of persons is permanently residing. Also included are private dwellings whose usual residents are temporarily absent on May 10, 2011. Unless otherwise specified, all data in housing products are for occupied private dwellings, rather than for unoccupied private dwellings or dwellings occupied solely by foreign and/or temporary residents.

Census years:

2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961

Reported for:

See Figure 22 for an illustration of the 2011 dwelling universe.

Question number(s):

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The number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents is equal to the number of private households in the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981 and 1976 censuses (see the definition Household, private in the Household universe section). Prior to 2006, private dwellings occupied by usual residents were referred to as 'Dwelling, occupied private' in the Census Dictionary.

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