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Aboriginal Peoples Technical Report, 2011 National Household Survey (NHS)This product was revised on June 19, 2014.
Revised June 19, 2014


The 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) is a new survey which replaces the long census questionnaire, more widely known as the Census Form 2B.

The NHS covers all persons who usually live in Canada, in the provinces and the territories. It includes persons who live on Indian reserves and settlements, permanent residents, non-permanent residents such as refugee claimants, holders of work or study permits, and members of their families living with them.Footnote1

The 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Technical Report, National Household Survey aims to inform users about the conceptual framework and definitions used to gather the 2011 NHS data on Aboriginal people, how the data are collected, the products used to disseminate the information and the data quality aspects relevant to this topic.

Section 1 describes the various concepts and variables that can be used to define the Aboriginal population. Section 2 and Section 3 describe the data collection and data processing procedures. Section 4 presents the various NHS analytical, data and reference products related to Aboriginal people. Confidentiality and data quality are discussed in Section 5. Section 6 discusses data comparability over time and with other data sources. Section 7 presents some final remarks about data comparability and data quality of the NHS data for Aboriginal people.

Section 1 Concepts and variables
Section 2 Data collection
Section 3 Data processing
Section 4 Data dissemination
Section 5 Data quality assessment and indicators
Section 6 Comparability
Section 7 Conclusions

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