In preparation for the 2021 Census, Statistics Canada conducted a content consultation from fall 2017 to spring 2018 using an online questionnaire and face-to-face discussions.

Consultation respondents and federal stakeholders suggested that the census questionnaire collect more information on education.

You asked, we listened

As a result of national consultations with interested parties, Statistics Canada has included new and modified questions on education in the 2019 Census Test.

The design of the education section in the census test questionnaire takes into account changes in society, particularly around the delivery of college education (e.g., there is new content for bachelor's degrees offered at colleges and polytechnics). Existing education content was modified to align with current terminology, to reduce respondent burden and error, and to ensure an accurate measure of education in Canada.

You asked for Proposed content for the 2019 Census Test
New and modified questions about educational attainment

New and modified education content (questions on the most recent credential, its associated field and location of study, year of completion, and digital skills) has been added to the census test questionnaire to:

  • increase relevance and respond to the emerging and evolving Canadian education system and information needs of Canadians
  • gain a better understanding of educational pathways and the associated labour market outcomes.

Respondents said that if these data on education were available, they would help governments and organizations to chart pathways to learning and job creation for youth.

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