The Business & Community Newsletter – August 2017

The Business & Community Newsletter

In this month's newsletter we are highlighting Statistics Canada's third set of 2016 Census of Population data.

Feature articles

Results from the 2016 Census of Population: families, households and marital status

The data on families, households, and marital status from the 2016 Census of Population were published on August 2, 2017. As with previous releases, the story of Canada as seen through the 2016 Census is supplemented with data visualization products, including infographics and a video.

The Families, households and marital status release provides data on the recent changes in Canadian households and families from a variety of perspectives at the national, provincial, territorial and sub-provincial levels.

It's now easier than ever to find data for your community!

Try some of our interactive tools such as the Focus on Geography Series to find data about your municipality.

Also available are reference materials, such as the Census Dictionary and the Guide to the Census of Population, which were designed to help users make the most of census data.

To access the complete 2016 Census of Population product line, please visit the Census Program module on our website.

Other 2016 Census of Population results will be published on our website on the following dates:

Updated Language Data products

As part of the efforts to correct the inconsistencies discovered in the 2016 Census language information that were initially published on August 2, 2017, Statistics Canada released on August 17 three new language data tables and supporting information with the updated data.

These data tables can be accessed through 'Data products' on the Census Program web module.

Also available is an explanatory note entitled Update of the 2016 Census language data, which summarizes the impact of the corrective actions taken and what users need to be aware of in regards to the changes in the language data as a result of the corrections.

The remaining 2016 Census language products originally released on August 2, 2017 are currently being revised. More information on when these products will be released will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Statistics Canada regrets any inconvenience caused by this error and remains dedicated to publishing high-quality information.

Video - 2016 Census: The Canadian families of today and yesteryear


We invite you to watch this video that provides an overview of families in Canada at Confederation and today "2016 Census: The Canadian families of today and yesteryear".


Based on 2016 Census data, the following infographic provides a portrait of households and families, including those consisting of couple families and of young adults living with their parents.

Infographic - Portrait of households and families in Canada


To showcase the release, we prepared this quiz featuring some national and regional highlights. Test your research skills and knowledge on the 2016 Census data on families, households and marital status! You'll find the answers at the end of the newsletter.

1. The census counted _____ census families in 2016.

  1. 9,389,700
  2. 9,840,730
  3. 9,934,798

2. The proportion of one-person households' is _____.

  1. 28.2%
  2. 36.6%
  3. 45.1%

3. Among the 35 census metropolitan areas in the country, _____ had the largest shares of young adults living with their parents—almost one in two young adults.

  1. Toronto
  2. Vancouver
  3. Montréal

4. The proportion of common-law couples in Canada is _____.

  1. 23.1%
  2. 16.9%
  3. 21.3%

5. In 2016, _____ in 10 children aged 0 to 14 were living with both of their biological or adoptive parents and without stepsiblings or half-siblings.

  1. 5
  2. 1
  3. 7

6. In 2016, _____ of women aged 65 and over lived alone.

  1. one-third
  2. one-half
  3. one-quarter

7. From 2006 to 2016, the number of same-sex couples _____ when compared with the number of opposite-sex couples.

  1. increased
  2. decreased
  3. stayed the same

2021 Census Content Consultation

Statistics Canada is currently preparing for the 2021 Census content public consultation, scheduled to run from September to December 2017. Invitations to participate will be emailed to individuals and organizations who are known census data users and for whom Statistics Canada has contact information. Statistics Canada is seeking feedback on census content from representatives in federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments; First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations; academics; non-governmental organizations; and private businesses. Statistics Canada will also reach out to the general public through its website, social media accounts and regional offices. All participants in this public consultation will be asked to complete the same electronic questionnaire.

This public consultation will gather valuable information on the relevance of the census, the extent of users' needs, populations of interest, suitability of alternative data sources, multivariate analysis, comparability across Canada, continuity over time and the required frequency of outputs.

For more information please visit the 2021 Census Content Consultation website; or to have your name and email address added to the list of consultation participants, please contact the 2021 Census Content Determination Team at

Also worth reading

Video - Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

Video: Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

We invite you to watch this video "Behind every number: A portrait of Canada", which takes the viewer on a journey across Canada, highlighting that behind every number, we're writing Canada's story together.

Mortality: Overview, 2012 and 2013

How long can a Canadian born in 2013 expect to live? Do women still outlive men on average? Through analyzing the number and timing of deaths in 2013, Canadians are able to have an understanding of what an average life in this country looks like. This can help to plan for pensions, end of life care, the allocation of resources, and to highlight where preventative efforts can most effectively be directed.

Take a look at this infographic on Mortality trends in Canada, 2013.

A more detailed analysis can be found in the article "Mortality: Overview, 2012 and 2013.

Infographic - Mortality trends in Canada, 2013

Answers to the quiz:

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  6. a)
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