Disaggregated data standards

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The purpose of Definitions, data sources and methods is to provide information that will assist in the interpretation of Statistics Canada's published data. The information (also known as metadata) is provided to ensure an understanding of the basic concepts that define the data including variables and classifications; of the underlying methodology of our surveys; and of key aspects of the data quality. It also provides direct access to questionnaires.

Employment equity group standards

Additional standards



Standard updated for Census 2021Footnote 1

Standard unchanged/not requiring updates

New standard developed for Census 2021

Standard in developmentFootnote 2/New standard developed for Census 2021

  • Pre-admission experience of immigrant
  • Non-permanent resident type of non-permanent resident

Sexual orientation

Standard in developmentFootnote 2


New standard developed for Census 2021