Data resource profile: 1991 Canadian Census Cohort

Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Oct;42(5):1319-26. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyt147. Epub 2013 Sep 6.


The 1991 Canadian Census Cohort is the largest population-based cohort in Canada (N=2,734,835). Prior to the creation of this Cohort, no national population-based Canadian cohort was available to examine mortality by socioeconomic indicators. The 1991 Canadian Census Cohort was created via the linkage of a sub-sample of respondents from the mandatory 1991 Canadian Census long-form to historical tax summary files, Canadian Mortality Database, Canadian Cancer Database, 1991 Health and Activity Limitation Survey and a sub-sample of the Longitudinal Worker File. Overall ascertainment of mortality and cancer is anticipated to be nearly complete and the Cohort is broadly representative of most groups in the Canadian population. The Cohort has been used to examine mortality outcomes by different indicators of socioeconomic status, occupational categories, ethnic groups, educational attainment, and for exposure to ambient air pollution. Results have shown that the estimated remaining years of life at age 25 differed substantially by income adequacy quintile, educational attainment, housing type and Aboriginal ancestry.

Keywords: Canada; Cohort studies; mortality; neoplasms; socioeconomic factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Cause of Death*
  • Censuses*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Income*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobility Limitation*
  • Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Socioeconomic Factors