NWT Disability Statistics: 2001 and 2006
The PALS is conducted as a follow-up survey to the census. Statistics Canada uses questions on 'Activities of Daily Living' (questions 7 and 8) from census questionnaire 2B (the long form) to identify the sample for the PALS. While the PALS was not undertaken in the three territories in 2001, information from questions 7 and 8 is available to offer a high-level comparison between 2001 and 2006. Note that for the 2006 census, only one in five Yellowknife households received the 2B (long form) questionnaire; other households received the 2A (short form) questionnaire. In 2001, all Yellowknife households received the 2B questionnaire. Therefore, the results from questions 7 and 8 are not strictly comparable between the two census years.
Q7: Does this person have any difficulty hearing, seeing, communicating, walking, climbing stairs, bending, learning, or doing any similar activities?
Q8: Does a physical condition or mental condition or health problem reduce the amount or the kind of activity this person can do:
a. at home?
b. at work or school?
c. in other activities, for example, transportation or leisure?
Figure 1: Census Questions 7 and 8, Northwest Territories - 2001 Census
Figure 2: Census Questions 7 and 8, Northwest Territories - 2006 Census