May 11, 2021 is Census Day in Canada!  Every 5 years, Statistics Canada invites Canadians to participate in the census to help paint a portrait of Canada’s diverse population and the places where we live.

The national Census of Population data are at the heart of decision-making that impacts all Canadians. Everyone’s participation is important. Census results provide high-quality information on key socioeconomic trends and analysis that helps Canadians make important decisions that affect our families, our neighbourhoods and our businesses.

In accordance with the Statistics Act, all residents of Canada are legally required to complete the census questionnaire.

Distribution of Census questionnaires:

  • Seventy-five per cent (75%) of Canadian households receive the short-form Census of Population questionnaire, which collects basic demographic information such as age, marital status and language.
  • A sample of twenty-five per cent (25%) of households receive a long-form questionnaire. It collects the same demographic information as the short-form questionnaire, as well as information about the social and economic situation of the people  across Canada and the dwellings in which they live.
  • All farm operators in Canada receive the same Census of Agriculture questionnaire.

The online census questionnaire is available at:

Click here to view 2021 Census: Frequently Asked Questions – General Information

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