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StatCan Blog: 2016 Census data releases—four down, two to go!

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Released: 2017-10-18

The latest chapter in the story of Canada, as told through the data collected during the 2016 Census, is more than half complete, but the narrative is far from done.

Statistics Canada has unveiled four releases so far this year on topics as diverse as population counts, households, family composition, marital status, language and income.

It is not just new data, though, that make the releases special. It's the way those releases present their findings about how Canada is evolving.

To showcase highlights from the 2016 Census, Statistics Canada developed a variety of data visualization products. These tools allow us to examine the Canadian population by different characteristics and for various geographies, as well as offering interactive charts to track population changes in Canada.

Complementing the various results have been a series of picturesque and intriguing infographics, as well as videos aimed at providing even more of an interactive feature to the data.

Through it all, we have learned so much more about a country that now has a population 10 times the size it was in 1871, the first census after Confederation. We've seen a country maturing with, for the first time, more seniors than children. It is a country where one-person households are the most common type of living arrangement, while multi-generational households are the fastest-growing type.

The story will continue to unfold, with two more datasets still to share with Canadians. On October 25, the focus will be on immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Aboriginal peoples. Then on November 29, we will turn the spotlight on education, labour, journey to work, language of work, mobility and migration.


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