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Census Family Status of Aboriginal Identity Population, Canada, Provinces and Territories


This Alberta Official Statistic shows the proportions of Aboriginal identity population based on their census family status - spouses, common-law partners, lone parents, children in census families, persons not in census families - for Canada, provinces and territories based on the 2011 National Household Survey. For Canada as a whole, ‘children in census families’ represented the highest proportion, while ‘married spouses’ ranked second.

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Census Family Status

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Aboriginal Relations (2008–2011, 2013–2016)

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Under the census/NHS, census family status refers to the classification of the population according to whether or not the persons are members of a census family. Census family persons refer to household members who belong to a census family. Census family persons can be further classified into one of the following four categories: married spouses, common-law partners, lone parents, and children. The concept of “census family status” is different from “census family”, which refers to a married couple a common-law couple or a lone parent family. The “census family status” concept describes family characteristics at the individual level, whereas the “census family” concept describes family characteristics at the family level. Aboriginal identity refers to whether the person reported being an Aboriginal person. The estimates associated with this variable are more affected than most by the incomplete enumeration of certain Indian reserves and Indian settlements in the NHS. As with any voluntary survey, non-response bias may be a significant source of error. The risk of bias increases as response rate drops because non-respondents tend to have different characteristics than respondents, compromising the ability of the survey results to represent the actual population. Although the content of the NHS is similar to that of the 2006 long form Census questionnaire, the shift from a mandatory to a voluntary survey, and some content changes, can affect the comparability of the data over time. As a result, users are cautioned when comparing NHS estimates with counts produced from the 2006 long form Census, especially for data involving small geographies. Users are advised to consult the user guide and the reference materials provided by Statistics Canada to ensure appropriate use and analyses of NHS data.


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(780) 427-2071