Reference materials, 2021 Census

Reference materials are designed to help users make the most of census data. They cover various aspects of the census and are intended to support the use of data. Every effort has been made to simplify the text or add simple explanations to the technical text in order to make the information accessible to as many people as possible.

2021 Census of Population reference products

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2021 Census of Population reference materials
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2021-11-17

Title:Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021

Dictionary: 98-301-X2021001

Description: The Census Dictionary is a reference document which contains detailed definitions of Census of Population concepts, variables, and geographic terms, as well as historical information.

Dictionary
2021-11-17

Title:Guide to the Census of Population, 2021

Guide: 98-304-X2021001

Description: This reference document provides an overview of the Census of Population content determination, collection, processing, data quality assessment and data dissemination.

Guide
2020-07-17

Title:Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s)

Questionnaire

Description: Statistics Canada has published the 2021 Census of Population short-form (2A), long-form (2A-L, 2A-R) and Census of Agriculture questionnaires on its website.

Questionnaire
2020-07-17

Title:Painting a Portrait of Canada: The 2021 Census of Population

Supporting documentation: 98-26-0001

Description: This document outlines Statistics Canada’s planned approach for the 2021 Census of Population.

Supporting documentation
2020-07-17

Title:2021 Census Fact Sheets: Updated content for the 2021 Census of Population

Supporting documentation: 98-20-0001

Description: This series of fact sheets offers an overview of content changes for the 2021 Census. These concise documents explain why new and modified questions are asked and describe the changes considered along with the resulting approach for 2021.

Supporting documentation
2020-07-24

Title:Chief Statistician's virtual roundtable discussions: 2021 Census of Population questionnaire

Supporting documentation: 11-631-X2020002

Description: This presentation gives an overview of the topics discussed during the virtual roundtables on the 2021 Census of Population questionnaire content. The five main topics are the following: family, demography and activity limitations; languages, ethnocultural diversity and immigration (including citizenship, religion, population groups, minority language education rights); Indigenous peoples; education, labour, commuting, and Veterans; and housing, income and expenditures.

Supporting documentation
2021-05-12

Title:2021 Census dissemination planning

Supporting documentation

Description: Learn about our planning and progress on the dissemination of 2021 Census of Population products and services.

Supporting documentation
2021-05-12

Title:2021 Census of Population release schedule

Supporting documentation

Description: There will be seven major 'themed' release dates for the dissemination of data from the 2021 Census of Population. Each major release of data by theme will be highlighted in The Daily, Statistics Canada's official release bulletin, and each major release will offer data, analytical, and reference products for our users to access and consume.

Supporting documentation
2021-05-12

Title:2021 Census of Population products and services map

Supporting documentation

Description: Access information on the product and service line for Statistics Canada's 2021 Census of Population.

Supporting documentation
2021-11-17

Title:2021 Census of Population collection response rates

Supporting documentation

Description: 2021 Census of population collection response rates for Canada, provinces and territories. Includes overall response, long form, Internet and self-response rates. These preliminary rates are obtained directly from collection results before data processing and data quality verification.

Supporting documentation
2021-11-17

Title:Geographic name formats

Supporting documentation

Description: A list showing the differences between official geography names and those used in census products caused by technical system constraints.

Supporting documentation
2020-07-20

Title:Technical reports on changes for the 2021 Census

Technical report: 98-20-0002

Description: This series of technical reports provides an in-depth view of the changes in content for the 2021 Census of Population, as the census process is ever changing to reflect changes in the Canadian population and its demographic characteristics.

Technical report

Note: In an effort to provide users the information they need as soon as possible, reference guide definitions and concepts, questions, classifications, concepts over time, and collection and processing information will be published ahead of major releases. Data quality and comparability content will be added for major release dates. Visit the 2021 Census of Population release schedule of topics and access the 2021 Census of Population products and services map (Reference materials) to learn about the upcoming suite of reference materials.

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