Census local area profiles 2011

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

The data shown here is provided by Statistics Canada from the 2011 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 2011, custom order for City of Vancouver Local Areas.

Data access

This dataset has not yet been converted to a format compatible with our new platform. The following links provide access to the files from our legacy site:

  1. Census local area profiles 2011 (CSV)
  2. Census local area profiles 2011 (XLS)

Dataset schema (Attributes)

Please see the Census local area profiles 2011 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 2011 Statistics Canada replaced the "long form" census with a voluntary National Household Survey. The result of the survey will not be directly comparable with previous census data.
  • 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. The City believes a similar change occurred on some properties between 2006 and 2011. This would explain why the numbers of "Apartments under 5 stories" has fallen in some locations.
  • Note that for the first time in 2011, three language questions (knowledge of official languages, home language and mother tongue) were included on the census questionnaire that was administered to 100% of the population.
  • Language data and analysis published for all censuses since 1996 have been based almost exclusively on responses from the long-form census questionnaire administered to 20% of the population.
  • However, Statistics Canada has observed changes in patterns of response to both the mother tongue and home language questions that appear to have arisen from changes in the placement and context of the language questions on the 2011 Census questionnaire relative to previous censuses. As a result, Canadians appear to have been less inclined than in previous censuses to report languages other than English or French as their only mother tongue, and also more inclined to report multiple languages as their mother tongue and as the language used most often at home.

Data currency

The data for Census 2011 was collected in May 2011.

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 of 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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