Chief Statistician's virtual roundtable discussions: 2021 Census of Population questionnaire

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Release date: July 24, 2020


Anil Arora
Chief Statistician of Canada

2021 Census content overview

Lynn Barr-Telford
Assistant Chief Statistician
Social, Health and Labour Statistics

"Quality data informs good decision-making and helps us better understand our country and the challenges we face. The census is the backbone of our national data collection exercise. It offers all Canadians a chance to count and be counted."

Teresa Scassa
Chairperson of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council

2021 Census

Family, demography and activity limitations

"We use Statistics Canada's neighbourhood information to help develop profiles to support service delivery at the community level. We use information, such as unemployment rates and families living in a low income situation, to provide support where it is needed the most."

Zhen Fu, Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Better reflection of Canada's diverse population

Activities of daily living

Languages, ethnocultural diversity and immigration
(including citizenship, religion, population groups, minority language education rights)

"Census data has been used to create our dynamic, interactive profiles of sub-municipal geographies in Peel. These tools provide many potential agencies with the ability to make decisions on data that we make available in interactive tools like the ward profiles and the newcomer tool."

Jeff Holland, Manager, Ministry of Education, Ontario

Language and Minority language educational rights

Ethnic or cultural origins


Immigration and citizenship

Population groups

Indigenous peoples

Economic impact of COVID-19 among Indiginous People
Description - Economic impact of COVID-19 among Indigenous People

Economic impact of COVID-19 among Indigenous people

Over one-third of Indigenous participants reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had a strong or moderate impact on their ability to meet financial obligations or essential needs.

Percentage of Indiginous People living below the poverty line
Description - Percentage of Indigenous People living below the poverty line
Percentage of Indigenous People living below the poverty line (market basket measure) in urban areas, Canada (excluding the territories) 2015
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data table for Chart 1 Total, Female and Male, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
  Total Female Male
Total Indigenous population 24.0 25.4 22.5
First Nations people 29.6 31.0 28.0
Métis 17.8 19.0 16.4
Inuit 19.3 19.8 18.8
Non-Indigenous population 13.3 13.5 13.0
Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016.

"Our countries are very similar in our Census: vast geographies and our need to work closely with First Nations people in our work.

The StatCan collection innovations that we have mirrored have brought us better outcomes for our populations who have benefitted from greater choice in the way we interact."

Chris Libreri, General Manager Census Division, Australian Bureau of Statistics



Education, labour, commuting, and Veterans

Did you know?
Description - Did you know?

Did you know?

There were 728,700 teachers and professors in Canada as of 2016.

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0142.

"Datasets from Statistics Canada have been instrumental in analysing the impacts of demographic change and socio-economic circumstances on the education system in areas such as student achievement, capital planning, and teacher supply. From these datasets policy and programs."

Bryan Tuckey, President and CEO, Building Industry and Land Development Association


"For 20 years, Statistics Canada's partnership with Canadian universities across the country has not only promoted major research advances in the quantitative social and health sciences, but at the same time accelerated the translation of research to inform critical areas of public policy for Canada."

Martin Taylor, PhD, FCAHS
Executive Director, Canadian Research Data Centre Network



Veterans and military service

Housing, income and expenditures

"Developing and building communities is a complex process that takes many years of research and planning. Accurate and up-to-date Statistics Canada data enables the industry to understand the housing and employment needs of our growing region so that we build the appropriate housing, employment spaces and communities."

N. Barry Lyon Consulting Limited — Mark Conway MCIP RPP, Senior Partner


Income and expenditures

Thank you


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