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Province of residence 5 years ago, Canada; consistent boundaries, GIS

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MIG1_5_CA indicates the person's province of residence five years ago in Canada.

Click on the Source Variables tab for information on place of residence for each sample year. Source variables may contain more geographic unit detail but are not suitable for cross-temporal comparison.

Comparability — General

Where officially-defined provinces have populations under 20,000, they have been regionalized (combined) with neighboring provinces. Due to confidentiality reasons.

Missing provinces and confidentiality issues:

  • Yukon and Northwest Territories combined with Prince Edward Island in 1981.

The universe in all samples includes intra-province movers -- persons who moved between census subdivisions -- but excludes persons who moved between dwellings within the same subdivision.

The variable is similar to MIG1_1_CA, which refers to province of residence one year prior to the census.


  • Persons age 5+ in private households who moved between census subdivisions, not external migrants


  • Canada: 1981, 1991, 2001