Request for information - Population and demography

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information, which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.


Migration within Canada

What information is being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting the number of private household moves in Canada from Canada Post's "Mail Forwarding Program." The data includes the month in which the move was made, the province/territory of origin and the province/territory of destination.

What personal information is included in this request?

No personal information is included in this request.

What years of data will be requested?

Data are being requested for the period between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020.

From whom will the information be requested?

Canada Post

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada must produce monthly population estimates by province and territory. To do so, monthly estimates of interprovincial migration are required.

These monthly population estimates of interprovincial migration are required to calculate demographic control totals used by the Labour Force Survey, a monthly survey that measures the current state of the Canadian labour market and is used, among other things, to calculate the national, provincial, territorial and regional unemployment rates.

These monthly population estimates also help produce the Population Certificates that Statistics Canada must provide annually to Finance Canada to fulfill its mandate under the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act.

The requested data will help determine if the current estimation model reflects changes in migration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Canada Post is the only organization that maintains timely nation-wide data on interprovincial moves by Canadian private households.

When will this information be requested?

July 2020

When was this request published?

July 14, 2020

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