OTTAWA: Statistics Canada officially launched the 2021 Census on Wednesday, May 05. Every five years, Canadians are invited to participate in the census to help paint a portrait of Canada’s diverse population and the places where we live.
The Census of Population provides high-quality information on key socioeconomic trends and analysis that helps Canadians make important decisions that affect our families, our neighborhoods and our businesses.
The 2021 Census of Population is Canada’s 23rd national census. It collects information on the demographic, social and economic situation of people across Canada, as well as on the dwellings they live in.
The Census Program has adapted to the COVID-19 situation to ensure that the 2021 Census of Population is conducted throughout the country in the best possible way, using a safe and secure approach.
Whenever follow-up activities are required, Statistics Canada will be using practices aligned with the strictest health and safety directives from public health authorities.
No enumeration activities will take place inside the dwellings of respondents, and all interviews will be physically distanced. In addition, personal safety equipment will be provided to field employees to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public.
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry said: [The Census] is a fast, easy & effective way to make sure your voice gets heard and to help shape the future of your community. Spread the word and fill yours out online to help us build back better for everyone.”
In a message, the Chief Statistician of Canada, Anil Arora, said: “Thank you for taking a few minutes to participate in the 2021 Census. The information you provide is converted into statistics used by communities, businesses and governments to plan services and make informed decisions about employment, education, health care, market development and more.
“Your answers are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act and kept strictly confidential. By law, every household must complete a 2021 Census of Population questionnaire. Farm operators must also complete a Census of Agriculture questionnaire.
“Statistics Canada makes use of existing sources of information such as immigration, income tax and benefits data to ensure the least amount of burden is placed on households.
“The information that you provide may be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes or may be combined with other survey or administrative data sources.
“Make sure you count yourself into Canada’s statistical portrait, and complete your census questionnaire today.”