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Target group profiles (TGP) provide Census Profile variables for a subset, or target group, of the population. This TGP includes profile data for the the population living in households that pay 30% and 50% of their income on shelter costs.

PLEASE NOTE: The title of the table in the Beyond 20/20 file erroneously suggests that this is a Target Group Profile of households. The table contains data on the population living in households that spend 30%+ and 50%+ of their income on shelter costs.


Target group profiles (TGPs) provide data for a specific group of persons (a "target group"). All variables in the Target Group Profile are ‘person-level’ variables: 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 average family size, household income or renter/owner status are variables that do not relate to a person, but to a family or household, and so they are not included in TGPs.  

25% vs 100% samples – Comparing values with publicly accessible data
The 2021 short form Census questionnaire was sent out to 100% of all households. The 2021 long form Census questionnaire was sent out to 25% of all households. Target Group Profiles are produced using the 25% sample. Variables that are available in both the 25% sample and the 100% sample will have different values depending on the source of the data.  For example, the total population of a city taken from the 25% sample (a Target Group Profile) will differ from that taken from the 100% sample (the online Census Profile).

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Target group profile of the population in households spending 30%+ and 50%+ of income on shelter costs, Census, 2021