Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Private dwelling occupied by usual residents

Release date: February 8, 2017


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, 2016. Unless otherwise specified, all data in housing products are for private dwellings occupied by usual residents, rather than for unoccupied private dwellings or dwellings occupied solely by foreign and/or by temporarily present persons.

Statistical unit(s)

Not applicable


Not applicable

Reported in

2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966 and 1961.

Reported for

For more information on the dwelling universe, refer to the Guide to the Census of Population, 2016.

Question number(s)

Not applicable


Not applicable


The number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents is equal to the number of private households in the 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981 and 1976 censuses (see the definition of 'private household' in the Census Dictionary). Prior to 2006, private dwellings occupied by usual residents were referred to as 'dwelling, occupied private' in the Census Dictionary.

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