Education Survey

Detailed information for 1982





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The general aim of this survey is to obtain information related to the objectives of federal government programs which support post-secondary education. These data will be used to identify the extent to which residents of Canada have participated in post-secondary education, as well as describing the reasons for non-participation.

Data release - December 30, 1983


The September 1982 supplement to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is being conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of the Department of the Secretary of State. This survey identified the extent to which residents of Canada have participated in post-secondary education as well as the reasons for non-participation.

The survey is concerned with the post-secondary educational background of Canadians. Details concerning the year last attended, the degree or length of the program and the field of study are collected to enable analysts to describe current educational achievements. The types of post-secondary training included are university, college, trade vocational and apprentice programs. For persons who have attended a university, college or collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP in Quebec) further questions are included concerning their use of government student loan programs while attending.

Part-time post-secondary education is becoming increasingly popular and the survey also included questions concerning any part-time courses taken during the past three years and the main reason for taking the courses.

A major determinant of attendance at the post-secondary level may be the education of parents. The final question of the survey probes the highest level of education achieved by both parents of the respondent.

More specifically the objectives are:

- to determine in some detail the full-time post-secondary educational background of residents of Canada;
- to assess the extent to which post-secondary education participants made use of government and other loans programs;
- to determine whether Official Language minority groups have undertaken, in Canada, any post-secondary studies in their own language;
- to determine the participation of Canadian residents in part-time post-secondary education during the past three years;
- to relate the educational achievements of Canadian residents to the educational achievements to their parents;
- to determine the reasons for non-participation in post-secondary education.


  • Educational attainment
  • Education, training and learning
  • Fields of study

Data sources and methodology

Target population

This survey applies to one selected person per household. Any civilian member of the household aged 17 to 64 may have been selected for the Education Survey.


This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.

The survey is being conducted employing 5 of the 6 rotation groups available from the Labour Force Survey. Head Office methodology personnel have selected one person per household in rotations 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 to be interviewed for the Education Survey. In each household one person 17 to 64 years of age will be randomly selected to participate in the survey and an interview will be conducted with the selected respondent. This will yield a sample of approximately 40,000 respondents.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 1982-09-20 to 1982-09-24

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The survey will be a non-proxy interview with the selected respondent and will be conducted employing the normal data collection methodologies of the LFS. The Education Survey is using non-proxy interviews because data obtained from questions concerning personal opinion or those involving long recall periods are not as reliable when someone other than the selected respondent provides the information.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s).

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

In order to prevent any data disclosure, confidentiality analysis is done using the Statistics Canada Generalized Disclosure Control System (G-Confid). G-Confid is used for primary suppression (direct disclosure) as well as for secondary suppression (residual disclosure). Direct disclosure occurs when the value in a tabulation cell is composed of or dominated by few enterprises while residual disclosure occurs when confidential information can be derived indirectly by piecing together information from different sources or data series.

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