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ENPL 313: Rural Community Economic Development: Non-Disseminated Locations


As noted in Things to Consider When Using NHS Data, Statistics Canada has not released any National Household Survey (NHS) data for geographic areas with a global non-response rate of 50 percent or higher.  This is because of questionable data quality.  However, Statistics Canada has provided post-secondary institutions with access to an NHS semi-custom profile, which includes this non-disseminated data.

CAUTION: Pay attention to the global non-response rate (GNR) and use with caution.  The GNR for Tofino, for instance, is 55%, which is higher than Statistics Canada's cut off of 50% for disseminating data to the public. 

Instructions below.


To access NHS non-disseminated data:

  1. Go to the Library's home page.
  2. Click on the Databases tab.
  3. Click on the letter D.
  4. Scroll down to Dli: Connect, and click on Connect.  You will need to authenticate with your UNBC username and password.
  5. Click on Restricted access Data Liberation Initiative Web Site.
  6. Scroll down the page, and click on DLI Beyond 20/20 Web Data Server (WDS).
  7. Click on Social Surveys.
  8. Click on National Household Survey – nhs.
  9. Click on NHS Profile.
  10. Click on 2011 NHS Semi-Custom Profile for Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions, Census Subdivisions and Dissemination Areas, National Household Survey, 2011 (all GNRs).

You may now manipulate the table to obtain the data that you want.  For example, if you want the data for Tofino:

  1. Click on Geography (top left corner of table).
  2. Click on the x to deselect all of the geographies.
  3. Search for Tofino in the list.
  4. Click on the box to select that location.
  5. Click on Show table
  6. You may keep clicking on Geography to select other locations to add to your table.

Once you have all desired geographies in your table, the quickest way to deal with the data is to click on the download icon (looks like an open file folder) to download the data in Microsoft Excel format.  You may then, in Excel, delete the data that you don't want and keep the data that you want.

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