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2021 Census of Population Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians

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Released: 2019-04-08

The report "2021 Census of Population Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians" is now available. This report outlines findings on data relevance, uses and gaps for the Census of Population. Data from the Census of Population are important for all Canadians, governments and communities. Census data are vital to plan services that support education, employment, transportation, health care and housing.

To maintain the relevance of the census, Statistics Canada evaluates and reviews the content of the census questionnaire each census cycle. In preparation for the 2021 Census, Statistics Canada consulted Canadians from the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2018 using an online questionnaire and face-to-face discussions.

Feedback obtained as part of the consultation is being used to update and improve the 2021 Census of Population questionnaire. A series of qualitative tests took place in the spring and summer of 2018. Changes to the census questionnaire will be tested in May and June 2019 with 250,000 households in the 2019 Census Test. Statistics Canada will evaluate results from the test to make content recommendations to the federal government for the 2021 Census. To find out more about the 2019 Census Test, please visit The Road to 2021 Census on the Statistics Canada website.

  Note to readers

The document "Regional discussion report: Review of First Nations, Métis and Inuit questions on the census" will be made available in April 2019.


The report "2021 Census of Population Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians" is now available on Statistics Canada's website.

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