2024 Census Test

Statistics Canada is conducting a test to evaluate new and modified questions on the census questionnaire, along with collection procedures and tools, in preparation for the 2026 Census of Population.

The census paints a portrait of Canada's population and the places we live. It provides high-quality information for communities across the country and is used to plan services that support employment, education and health care.

Participation in the 2024 Census Test is required by law for each selected household, facility or establishment.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Collection period:

April 8, 2024 to June 28, 2024.

Collection methods:

Electronic Questionnaire, Paper Questionnaire (Mail-out/Mail-back), telephone interview and field enumeration.

Survey participation:



Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.

Data sharing agreements and record linkage

Record linkage

To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with data from immigration, income tax and benefits data. Statistics Canada may also combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

Topics covered in the survey

The survey asks questions about

  • Commuting to work
  • Education, training and learning
  • Families, households and housing
  • Health
  • Immigration and ethnocultural diversity (formerly Ethnic diversity and immigration)
  • Income, pensions, spending and wealth
  • Indigenous peoples (formerly Aboriginal peoples)
  • Industries
  • Labour
  • Languages
  • Occupations
  • Population and demography
  • Population estimates and projections
  • Religion
  • Society and community

Published data

Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

For more information about this survey