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Nursing Community Assessment

This guide will help you gather information about communities in order to analyze health issues and health needs from a population perspective.

Population

Census

The main source of population data is the Census of Canada, carried out every five years. The census for years ending in "1" (e.g., 2001) cover topics (e.g., Religion) that are not covered in the censuses for years ending in "6" (e.g., 1996, 2006).

Census data are compiled from questionnaires distributed to each Canadian household. Information is collected for each person resident in the household on census day. Two types of questionnaire forms are distributed. The "short" form goes to 80 percent of households. The "long form" goes to 20 percent of households, randomly selected. The "long form" contains all the questions on the "short form", plus many other questions on topics like income, religion, and educational level.

It takes years for census data to be processed and released. As census data are released announcements appear on Statistics Canada's web site.

The most recent census is 2016.

Image source: Statistics Canada

CENSUS HELP

If you need help using the Statistics Canada Website please contact the RRC Library Information Desk (204-632-2233) and ask for the DLI contact person.

RRC Library is a member of Statistics Canada's Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). Membership in the DLI gives students and faculty access to more data options than the public can access. 

Birth Rate

Birth Rate Statistics (Manitoba)

Birth rate cannot be found in the Census, but these tables can provide information by region.

Census Data: Winnipeg

Since the Winnipeg Health Region boundaries are based on the City of Winnipeg's neighbourhood boundaries, population profiles for small areas within the WHR communities are available on the City of Winnipeg web site.​

* older, archived Statistics Canada data tables - see 2016 Census tables for most current information.

Winnipeg Regional Health AuthorityCensus Profiles 2001 contains detailed census data for each of the WHRA communities. (note: while this document is based on the 2001 Census data it is still a very useful tool for understanding the fields and variables found in census data. it can be used as a guide to finding numbers in the 2016 census.)

Census Data: Census of Population (search by community)

Census products provide statistical information about the population, age and sex, type of dwelling, families, households and marital status, language, income, immigration and ethnocultural diversity, housing, Aboriginal peoples, education, labour, journey to work, language of work and mobility and migration, as measured in the census program.

Here are some links:

* older, archived Statistics Canada data tables - see 2016 Census tables for most current information.

Census Data: Highlight Tables

Highlight tables provide information highlights by topic via key indicators for various levels of geography. The tables allow users to perform simple rank and sort functions.

2016 Census Highlight Tables

Topics include:

  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Age and Sex
  • Education
  • Families, Households and Marital Status
  • Housing
  • Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity
  • Income
  • Labour
  • Language
  • Population and Dwelling Counts
  • Type of Dwelling

2011 Census Highlight Tables *

2006 Census Highlight Tables *

2001 Census: Highlight Tables *

* older, archived Statistics Canada data tables - see 2016 Census tables for most current information.

​(For information about Gimli, Neepawa and Portage la Prairie, look for data tables that contain cover "Census Subdivisions" or "CSD" (subdivisions are cities, towns, villages, rural municipalities, etc.))

Census Data: Topic Based Data Tables

This series of cross-tabulations present a portrait of Canada based on the various census topics. They range in complexity and are available for various levels of geography.

To use the 2016 Census Data tables:

  1. Under Browse by Topic, click on a topic (this will give you a list of the Census Data Tables for that particular topic, ex. Education).
    Note: you can also browse by variable or use the Map feature.
  2. Select a table by clicking on the Catalogue Number hyperlink, ex. 98-400-X2016268. Table names are comprised of the main variables.
  3. "About this Product" page will give you more information about the table. 
    Click on Variables links for more information about individual variables. 
    Click "View/Download this product" to see the table
  4. On the product page, you will be able to customize the table by selecting features such as geographical region and other variable options ex. age range. Click Submit to make the changes. You will be able to download this data.

Note: these steps may be different for older tabulations and data tables as the webpage has been recently updated.

2016 Census Data Tables

Topics include:

  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Age and Sex
  • Education
  • Families, Households and Marital Status
  • Housing
  • Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity
  • Income
  • Labour
  • Language
  • Population and Dwelling Counts
  • Type of Dwelling

2011 Census Topic-Based Tabulations

2006 Census Topic-Based Tabulations *

2001 Census Topic-Based Tabulations (no longer available)

* older, archived Statistics Canada data tables - see 2016 Census tables for most current information.

​(For information about Gimli, Neepawa and Portage la Prairie, look for data tables that contain cover "Census Subdivisions" or "CSD" (subdivisions are cities, towns, villages, rural municipalities, etc.))

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