About the census

The census is conducted every five years. Information from the census will be used to make important decisions for your community, your province or territory, and the entire country.

The 2021 Census

The most recent census took place in May 2021. Learn more about how and why it was conducted, and how it was adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protecting your privacy

Statistics Canada takes every precaution to protect your privacy and maintain the confidentiality and security of completed questionnaires. Learn how.

How are census data used?

Learn how census information is used to make informed decisions that directly benefit you, your community and the country as a whole.

355 years and counting

The Canadian census has changed a lot since 1666. Learn how!

FAQ-Information for census employees

Did you work for the 2021 Census as an enumerator or crew leader? Find answers to common questions such as "How can I get my Record of Employment?"

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