2021 Census

Why support the census?

Census information is vital for planning programs and services at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels. Data are used by organizations, businesses, municipalities, governments and Indigenous communities across Canada.

The census counts every person in Canada and collects basic information about age, sex at birth, gender, official languages and family relationships. The long-form questionnaire gathers further details about income, education, religion, ethnic origins, Indigenous identity and languages, and more. The census is one of the only national sources of data for people living in Indigenous communities and provides key information about all Indigenous people living across Canada.

How do census data help my community?

Knowing how many people live in a geographic area and having basic information about them helps organizations and communities plan, develop and expand programs, services and infrastructure.

Census data help determine whether your community is

  •  Growing: Plan new roads, transit, water infrastructure and emergency services
  •  Young: Predict where new schools or daycare spaces are needed
  •  Aging: Estimate the need for health services and programs for seniors
  •  Multicultural: Create or expand language programs


Looking for a job?
Statistics Canada is now hiring enumerators and crew leaders for the #2021Census. There are positions available in every Canadian community. For more info, visit census.gc.ca/jobs


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