2016 Census Strategy Project

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Consultation objectives

In December 2010, Statistics Canada launched the 2016 Census Strategy Project as part of its customary statistical program review. The 2016 Census Strategy Project studied various census-taking options to provide the federal government with a recommendation on the methodology for the 2016 Census Program1.

The 2016 Census Strategy Project comprised the development of a content determination framework, including criteria for inclusion of content in the Census Program. To achieve this objective, Statistics Canada gathered information on high priority Census Program data uses and requirements directly from data users.

Consultation method

Between the spring and fall of 2011, Statistics Canada solicited information from data users, on

  • explicit uses of Census Program data, i.e., where census is explicitly mentioned as the source of data in a legislation, regulation, policy or program
  • implicit uses of Census Program data, i.e., where census is not explicitly mentioned, but where it has been the traditional source of data, and
  • other uses of Census Program data.

Data users were invited to participate in the 2016 Census Strategy Project by completing the Data Uses and Requirements questionnaire. Online questionnaires, electronic questionnaires and written submissions were used to gather feedback.

Data users included

  • federal government departments and agencies
  • provincial/territorial governments via the statistical focal points
  • municipal organizations
  • national Aboriginal organizations
  • organizations representing official language minority communities
  • umbrella and non-profit organizations
  • business sector, including secondary distributors.

How to get involved

This consultation is now closed.

Individuals who wish to obtain more information or to take part in a consultation should contact Statistics Canada through the National Contact Centre.

Please note that Statistics Canada selects participants for each consultation to ensure feedback is sought from a representative sample of the target population for the study. Not all applicants will be asked to participate in a given consultation.


Findings of the 2016 Census Strategy Project are available in the census module.


  1. The term 'Census Program' is used to refer in a general way to the Census of Population and, if applicable, any accompanying survey conducted at the time of the census.

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