Statistics Canada gears up for the 2016 Census of Population

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April 15, 2014

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada announced today the form of the 2016 Census program. As in 2011, there will be a short, mandatory census for all Canadians and a voluntary household survey for 1 in 3 households.

In 2011, Statistics Canada conducted for the first time a census program that contained mandatory and voluntary questions. The Agency will build on lessons learned in 2011 to provide relevant and timely information on the Canadian population with the objective of producing the best possible quality outcome.

‘The 2016 Census program will provide a portrait of Canada on the brink of its 150th anniversary. We hope Canadians will use the many tools at their disposal to give us a picture in sharp focus,’ said Chief Statistician Wayne R. Smith.

The 2016 Census program will once again offer an Internet option with the goal to improve on its world-leading participation rate of 54.4% which was attained in 2011.

The content of the census and voluntary questionnaires has not yet been determined. According to the Statistics Act, the mandatory census questions must be prescribed by the Governor in Council and published in the Canada Gazette. Typically, this occurs in the year preceding the census.

Statistics Canada is now conducting activities and tests to ensure a successful 2016 Census program. A key activity will be a census test in May and June 2014 involving 55,000 households across the country.

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