Place of origin of person

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on July 15, 1998.


Place of origin applies to the country in which a person, born outside Canada, last resided before immigrating to Canada. Respondents are to report their place of origin according to international boundaries in effect at the time of enumeration. Countries should be coded according to the most recent ISO codes and it is recommended that they be aggregated into regions according to the most recent United Nations' standards for the reporting of demographic and social data.

Country of origin and place of last permanent residence are terms that might have previously been used in stead of place of origin.

Place of origin refers to the country of residence in which a person born outside Canada last resided before immigrating to Canada.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Place of origin of person July 15, 1998 to current

    This is the current standard.

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