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Geographic areas not released

Census geography

In order to ensure non-disclosure of individual respondent identity and characteristics and to limit the dissemination of data of unacceptable quality, geographic area are suppressed or removed from the data and analytical products. For more detailed on the rules and suppression applied, please refer to the National Household Survey Data Quality and Confidentiality Standards and Guidelines.

Indian reserves and Indian settlements for which citizenship and immigration data are not released

Persons living on Indian reserves and Indian settlements who were enumerated with the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) N2 questionnaire were not asked the questions on citizenship, landed immigrant status and year of immigration. Consequently, data are suppressed for Indian reserves and Indian settlements at the census subdivision level and other geographic levels as appropriate. Below is a list of areas from the 2011 NHS where the citizenship and immigration data were suppressed.

Incompletely enumerated Indian reserves and Indian settlements

In 2011, there were a total of 36 Indian reserves and Indian settlements that were 'incompletely enumerated' in the National Household Survey (NHS). For 23 reserves or settlements, NHS enumeration was either not permitted or was interrupted before it could be completed. In the case of 13 reserves in Northern Ontario, enumeration was delayed because of natural events (specifically forest fires) and estimates for these communities are not included in national or provincial estimates.

The extent of the impact will depend on the geographic area under study. It is much less for higher geographic areas such as Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, and census agglomerations. The impact may be more significant for lower geographic areas, such as census subdivisions.

The issue of incompletely enumerated reserves has the most impact on NHS estimates for the First Nations population living on reserve as well as the Registered or Treaty Indian population living on reserve. Estimates for other populations will also be affectedFootnote 1. This issue does not have an impact on the estimates for the Inuit or Métis populations, as they are much less likely to live on reserve.

Estimates associated with other variables related to First Nations, such as language and band housing, may also be affected by the incomplete enumeration of certain Indian reserves and Indian settlements in the NHS.

Appendix 1 shows the list of incompletely enumerated Indian reserves and Indian settlements for the 2011 National Household Survey by province, census division and, where applicable, for the census metropolitan area or census agglomeration.


Note 1

Other affected populations include: Total Aboriginal identity population, First Nations (North American Indian) identity population, total Aboriginal ancestry population, First Nations (North American Indian) ancestry population, Registered or Treaty Indian population, population who reported membership in a First Nation or Indian Band, population living on Indian reserves and Indian settlements.

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