2021 Census

Starting on May 3, more than 15 million households will receive a secure access code in their mailbox, along with instructions on how to complete their census.

Census data are critical to decision makers at all levels of government and Canadians across the country; accurate, reliable data have never been more important than now as we evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and support economic recovery. In addition to informing public policy, census data are vital for planning schools, hospitals, family services, public transportation, as well as for businesses.

Statistics Canada has adapted to ensure that the 2021 Census is conducted throughout the country in the best and safest way possible. Safety remains of paramount concern as we plan for a near-contactless census and encourage as many people as possible to use the online questionnaire.

Newcomers to Canada are encouraged to participate in the 2021 census as it helps our region. Learn more about the census here: