Analytical products, 2021 Census

The 2021 Census Program Census in Brief articles provide an overview of key findings from the 2021 Census Program topics. More detailed articles are published in Insights on Canadian Society, a publication that provides information on various aspects of Canadian society that affect the lives of Canadians. Key findings are also presented through videos, infographics and thematic maps.

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2022-04-27

Title:A generational portrait of Canada's aging population from the 2021 Census

Census in Brief: 98-200-X2021003

Description: This Census in Brief article examines recent trends in the age structure of the Canadian population in 2021 from the angle of generations. It provides some insights on the size and growth of the different generations. This article also provides information on the distribution of generations by provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, and downtown areas.

Census in Brief
2022-04-27

Title:A portrait of Canada's growing population aged 85 and older from the 2021 Census

Census in Brief: 98-200-X2021004

Description: This Census in Brief article examines recent trends for the population aged 85 and over in 2021. It provides some insights on the size and growth of this group, as well as on those of centenarians. This article also provides information on the population aged 85 and over living in collective dwellings geared towards seniors.

Census in Brief
2022-04-27

Title:In the midst of high job vacancies and historically low unemployment, Canada faces record retirements from an aging labour force: number of seniors aged 65 and older grows six times faster than children 0-14

The Daily

Description: The working age population (15 to 64 years) has never been older. More than one in five individuals in this population is close to retirement (55 to 64 years), an all-time high in the history of Canadian censuses. From 2016 to 2021, the number of persons aged 65 or older rose 18% to 7.0 million. Today, they represent nearly one in five Canadians (19.0%), up from 16.9% in 2016.

The Daily
2022-04-27

Title:Canada is the first country to provide census data on transgender and non-binary people

The Daily

Description: The 2021 Census includes for the first time a question on gender and the addition of the “at birth” precision to the sex question, making Canada the first country to collect and disseminate data on gender diversity from a national census. Approximately 1 out of every 300 people in Canada aged 15 and older in May 2021 were either transgender or non-binary.

The Daily
2022-04-27

Title:Thematic maps

Thematic map: 92-173-X

Description: A thematic map focuses on the spatial variability of a specific distribution or theme (such as population density or average annual income) for standard geographic areas, whereas a reference map focuses on the location and names of geographic features. Thematic maps normally include some location or reference information to help users familiarize themselves with the geographic area covered on the map.

Thematic map
2022-02-18

Title:Canada tops G7 growth despite COVID, American Sign Language

The Daily

Description: This American Sign Language video includes highlights from the first release of the 2021 Census of Population included in The Daily.

The Daily
2022-02-09

Title:Canada's fastest growing and decreasing municipalities from 2016 to 2021

Census in Brief: 98-200-X2021001

Description: This Census in Brief examines municipalities (census subdivisions) in Canada that were the largest in 2021, and fastest growing and decreasing in population from 2016 to 2021. It also presents some trends on urban spread in Canada.

Census in Brief
2022-02-09

Title:Population growth in Canada's rural areas, 2016 to 2021

Census in Brief: 98-200-X2021002

Description: This Census in Brief examines population growth of Canada's rural areas and their changing proportion within the country. It also presents international comparisons, a portrait of population growth according to the remoteness index and population changes in the three territories.

Census in Brief
2022-02-09

Title:Canada tops G7 growth despite COVID

The Daily

Description: Canada’s population grew at almost twice the pace of every other G7 country from 2016 to 2021. Approximately 1.8 million more people called Canada home in 2021 compared with five years earlier, with most of that growth attributable to new arrivals from around the world. Canada’s population growth was, however, halted with the onset of the pandemic.

The Daily
2022-02-09

Title:Canada's large urban centres continue to grow and spread

The Daily

Description: From 2016 to 2021, the downtown populations of Canada’s large urban centres grew at almost twice the pace than the urban centres as a whole, despite a pause during the pandemic. At the same time, urban spread continues, and is accelerating in many urban centres, particularly in suburbs located the farthest from downtown.

The Daily
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