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National Household Survey User Guide

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Between May and August 2011, Statistics Canada conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) for the first time. This voluntary, self-administered survey was introduced as a replacement for the long census questionnaire, more widely known as Census Form 2B.

The NHS is designed to collect social and economic data about the Canadian population. The objective of the NHS is to provide data for small geographic areas and small population groups.

This guide is intended for NHS data users. It describes the survey's design and methodology and how the collection results are applied to the entire population. It contains helpful information on how to use and interpret the estimates produced with the data that were collected.

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