For more information on the Visible minority variable, including information on its classification, the questions from which it is derived, data quality and its comparability with other sources of data, please refer to the Visible Minority and Population Group Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.
Target group profiles (TGPs) provide data for a specific group of persons (a "target group"). All variables in the target group profile relate to these persons: their age, their gender, their family status (e.g. are they in a census family), the languages they speak, and so on. Because TGPs deal with the universe of persons, they do not contain any family- or household-specific variables. For example, the number of census families in private households does not relate to a person, but to a family, and so it is not included in TGPs.
Target Group Profile Totals
The labels used for the Target Group Profiles are the same as the labels used for the Census Profile. If you are viewing a Target Group Profile table, then the "Total population in private households" or "Total - Generation status for the population in private households" is the total for that particular target group.
For example, if you use the Target Group Profile for recent immigrants, then the "Total population" is equal to the total population of recent immigrants. Please be aware that for some 2016 Target Group Profiles, the target group (e.g., Aboriginal and visible minority groups or age groups) is split out into categories in a separate dimension (e.g., Total, Aboriginal identity, First Nations, Métis, Inuk), so will also include a Total population variable. In these cases, the Total population variables are for the entire population.
25% vs 100% samples
The Total population values from the cross tabulated TGPs by Aboriginal identity status or Visible minority status are useful as a denominator for measuring prevalence of a target group, as these totals come from the same long form 25% sample as the target group data. These totals will NOT match the totals from the 100% short form Census.