Every five years, Statistics Canada conducts a national census where every Canadian provides basic information about themselves and where they live. Census data are critical to decision makers and Canadians from coast to coast to coast. In addition to informing public policy, census data are vital for planning schools, hospitals, daycare centres, family services, public transportation, and skills training for employment. Furthermore, census data helps non-profit organizations play a significant role in supporting and enriching the lives of Canadians. With census data, Canadian associations can make complex decisions and customize programs for their members and constituents, thereby allowing for service delivery to be adjusted to local needs.
Census collection began on May 3, 2021. Statistics Canada has adapted the collection process to ensure that all Canadians and our employees remain safe while participating in this vital national exercise. Data collected in the 2021 Census will inform many of the economic and health-related policy decisions that must be made by all levels of government in the coming months and years, as the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of Canadians.
Statistics Canada will do everything it can to get Canadians to respond to the census without an in-person visit from a census employee. Completing the censusquestionnaire online is the best and fastest way to fulfill the census obligation. We anticipate that the great majority of Canadians will complete the questionnaire through our efficient, secure and user-friendly online application. Respondents without reliable access to the Internet can also call the Census Help Line to complete their census questionnaire over the phone or request a paper questionnaire.
Please let us know if you need assistance completing the census package.