Census local area profiles 2006

The census is Canada's largest and most comprehensive data source conducted by Statistics Canada every five years. The Census of Population collects demographics and linguistic information on every man, woman and child living in Canada.

The data shown here is provided by Statistics Canada from the 2006 Census as a custom profile data order for the City of Vancouver, using the City'​s 22 local planning areas. The data may be reproduced provided they are credited to Statistics Canada, Census 2006, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.

Data access

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  1. Census local area profiles 2006 (CSV)
  2. Census local area profiles 2006 (XLS)

Dataset schema (Attributes)

Please see the Census local area profiles 2006 attributes page.


  • The 22 Local Areas is defined by the Census blocks and is equal to the City'​s 22 local planning areas and includes the Musqueam 2 reserve.
  • Vancouver CSD (Census Subdivision) is defined by the City of Vancouver municipal boundary which excludes the Musqueam 2 reserve but includes Stanley Park.
  • Vancouver CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) is defined by the Metro Vancouver boundary which includes the following Census Subdivisions: Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, District of Langley, Delta, District of North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, City of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Port Moody, City of Langley, White Rock, Pitt Meadows, Greater Vancouver A, Bowen Island, Capilano 5, Anmore, Musqueam 2, Burrard Inlet 3, Lions Bay, Tsawwassen, Belcarra, Mission 1, Matsqui 4, Katzie 1, Semiahmoo, Seymour Creek 2, McMillian Island 6, Coquitlam 1, Musqueam 4, Coquitlam 2, Katzie 2, Whonnock 1, Barnston Island 3, and Langley 5.
  • In 2006 there were changes made to the definition of households. A number of Single Room Occupancy and Seniors facilities were considered to be dwellings in 2001, and collective dwellings in 2006. As a result the residents of those buildings would not be considered to be households in 2006. There is a high likelihood that residents of such facilities have low incomes, and there will have been an impact on the count of households considered to have a low income.
  • A number of changes were made to the census family concept for 2001 which account for some of the increase in the total number of families, single parent families and children living at home.
  • Occupied Dwellings are those with a household living in them. The change to the definition of households (already noted) also affects the number of occupied dwellings.
  • In 2006 there was a change made to the definition of duplex. While it is still defined as a dwelling in a building with two dwellings, one above the other, in 2001 these were only detached properties. In 2006 the definition changed so they could be joined to other similar properties. In 2006 Statistics Canada also seem to have identified more duplexes than before.
  • In 2006 Statistics Canada conducted the Census with a mail-in or online response. To facilitate this, they identified more secondary addresses in houses. This probably also contributes to the increase from 2001 in the number of duplexes, and the reduction in the number of single-family dwellings.
  • Data products that are identified as 20% sample data refer to information that was collected using the long census questionnaire. For the most part, these data were collected from 20% of the households; however they also include some areas, such as First Nations communities and remote areas, where long census form data were collected from 100% of the households.

Data currency

The data for Census 2006 was collected in May 2006.

Data accuracy

Statistics Canada is committed to protect the privacy of all Canadians and the confidentiality of the data they provide to us. As part of this commitment, some population counts of geographic areas are adjusted in order to ensure confidentiality.

Counts of the total population are rounded to a base of 5 for any dissemination block having a population less than 15. Population counts for all standard geographic areas above the dissemination block level are derived by summing the adjusted dissemination block counts. The adjustment of dissemination block counts is controlled to ensure that the population counts for dissemination areas will always be within 5 of the actual values. The adjustment has no impact on the population counts of census divisions and large census subdivisions.

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