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2018-11-28

Making informed decisions with census data

General knowledge: 11-629-X20180003

Description: The high-quality data from the census allow our governments, businesses and community leaders to make informed decisions with confidence.

Release type: Training

2019-01-15

2021 Census of Population Dissemination Consultation: Questionnaire

Questionnaire

Description: The information gathered during the 2021 Census of Population Dissemination Consultation will help Statistics Canada measure user satisfaction and gather suggestions with a view to providing input into the 2021 Census of Population dissemination product and service line and release strategy.

Release type: Reference material

2019-02-05

2016 Census Public Use Microdata File (PUMF), Individuals File

Public use microdata: 98M0001X

Description: This Individuals File provides data on the characteristics of the population and allow the study of relationship between different variables like education and labour market outcome.

Release type: Data product

2019-02-12

Results from the 2016 Census: Syrian refugees who resettled in Canada in 2015 and 2016

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100001

Description: This study provides a profile of the Syrian refugee population living in Canada in 2016, using census data on immigration, socioeconomic characteristics and employment.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-02-18

The road to the 2021 Census

Supporting documentation

Description: There are many milestones along the road to the 2021 Census. Learn more about the journey and find out what's to come!

Release type: Reference material

2019-02-25

Results from the 2016 Census: Long commutes to work by car

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100002

Description: Using data from the 2016 Census on place of work and commuting, this study examines the characteristics of those who spend at least 60 minutes travelling to work, with a focus on those who commute by car, truck or van (or 'car commuters').

Release type: Analytical product

2019-03-06

Living alone in Canada

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100003

Description: This study uses the Census of Population and the 2017 General Social Survey on Family to examine the characteristics of the population living alone in Canada. The demographic, socioeconomic and housing characteristics of persons who live alone are examined, as well as their conjugal history, family relationships, and well-being indicators.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-03-15

Aboriginal Peoples Technical Report, Census of Population, 2016

Technical report: 98-307-X2016001

Description: The Aboriginal Peoples Technical Report aims to inform users of the conceptual framework and definitions used to gather the 2016 Census data on Aboriginal peoples, how the data were collected, the products used to disseminate the information, and the relevant data quality aspects.

Release type: Reference material

2019-04-08

2021 Census of Population Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians

Consultation: 92-137-X

Description: The 2021 Census of Population Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians report focuses on the findings of the 2021 Census data needs consultation and stakeholder discussions.

Release type: Consultation

2019-05-15

Results from the 2016 Census: Earnings of immigrants and children of immigrants in official language minority populations

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100007

Description: This study uses data from the 2016 Census in order to examine the employment earnings of individuals with an immigrant background (i.e., immigrants and children of immigrants) who are part of official language minorities in Canada.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-05-29

Census of population data tables, 1991 and 1996 censuses

Table

Description: These historical data tables were previously available in a variety of formats including print, diskette and CD-ROM. The tables cover a range of topics, including age and sex, education, income, families and households.

Release type: Data product

2019-05-29

Results from the 2016 Census: Commuting within Canada's largest cities

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100008

Description: Using data from the 1996 and 2016 Census of Population, this study examines the geographic location of jobs, people's commute and how they have changed over time.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-06-18

2016 Census Public Use Microdata File (PUMF), Hierarchical File

Public use microdata: 98M0002X

Description: The 2016 Census Hierarchical File PUMF provides access to non-aggregated data covering a sample of 1% of the Canadian households. It is a comprehensive social, demographic and economic database about Canada and its people, and contains a wealth of characteristics on the population.

Release type: Data product

2019-07-19

Data tables: Gender Results Framework indicators

Table

Description: Using data from the 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada's Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics has released three new data tables on two gender-related topics. These statistics will be used by the Gender Results Framework, a whole-of-government tool designed to track gender equality in Canada.

Release type: Data product

2019-07-25

Results from the 2016 Census: Occupations with older workers

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100011

Description: This study uses Census of Population and Labour Force Survey to examine the changing age composition of workers within the most prevalent occupations (with at least 10,000 workers), as well as the occupations that are increasing and decreasing in size most rapidly.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-10-03

Results from the 2016 Census: English-French bilingualism among Canadian children and youth

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100014

Description: This study used data from the 2006 and 2016 censuses of population, as well as integrated census data from 2006 and 2016, to examine the characteristics associated with English–French bilingualism among Canadian children and youth who were aged 5 to 17 in 2006. The study also examines the factors associated with the acquisition and retention of English–French bilingualism among children and youth in Quebec and in Canada outside Quebec.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-10-29

Response mobility and the growth of the Aboriginal Identity Population, 2006-2011 and 2011 - 2016 (Reference materials)

Supporting documentation

Description: This topic presents data on the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and their demographic characteristics. Depending on the application, estimates using any of the following concepts may be appropriate for the Aboriginal population: (1) Aboriginal identity, (2) Aboriginal ancestry, (3) Registered or Treaty Indian status and (4) Membership in a First Nation or Indian band. Data from the 2011 National Household Survey are available for the geographical locations where these populations reside, including 'on reserve' census subdivisions and Inuit communities of Inuit Nunangat as well as other geographic areas such as the national (Canada), provincial and territorial levels.

Release type: Reference material

2019-11-13

Coverage Technical Report, Census of Population, 2016

Technical report: 98-303-X2016001

Description: The report presents the error included in census data that results from either persons being missed (not enumerated) or from persons being enumerated more than once by the 2016 Census. The population coverage error is one of the most important types of errors because it affects not only the accuracy of population counts, but also the accuracy of all the census data results describing the characteristics of the population universe.

Release type: Reference material

2019-11-13

Census Subdivision Boundary File, 2019

Spatial information product: 92-162-X2020001

Description: The intercensal Census Subdivision Boundary File provides a framework for mapping and spatial analysis. The digital boundary file depicts the full extent of the geographic areas, including the coastal water area, and portrays the boundaries of all census subdivisions which combined cover all of Canada.

Release type: Geography product

2019-11-13

Road Network File, 2019

Spatial information product: 92-500-X2020001

Description: Intercensal road network files are digital representations of Canada's national road network, containing information such as street names, types, directions and address ranges.

Release type: Geography product

2019-11-15

Results from the 2016 Census: Education and labour market successes and challenges for children of immigrant parents

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100016

Description: Based on integrated data from the 2006 and 2016 censuses, this study examines the educational outcomes of a cohort of children with an immigrant background who were aged 13 to 17 in 2006, and the employment earnings of young adults who had immigrant parents.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-12-02

Infographic: Commuting in Canada's three largest cities

Infographic

Description: Using 2016 Census data, this infographic describes the commuting patterns of workers in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.

Release type: Data visualization

2019-12-03

Results from the 2016 Census: Examining the effect of public pension benefits on the low income of senior immigrants

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100017

Description: Among immigrants who came to Canada recently, some are seniors over the age of 65. This study examines the factors associated with the low-income rate of senior immigrants, with a focus on access to Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-12-10

Results from the 2016 Census: Housing, income and residential dissimilarity among Indigenous peoples in Canadian cities

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X201900100018

Description: Residential dissimilarity describes the extent to which one population group lives apart from another in a shared urban space. This study uses data from the 2016 Census to examine the housing, income and residential dissimilarity of the Indigenous population living in private households in the 49 census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations (CAs) that were large enough to be divided into census tracts, and provides a short description of neighbourhoods with a large concentration of Indigenous people.

Release type: Analytical product

2019-12-13

Coverage Technical Report, Census of Population, 2016

Technical report

Description: The Coverage Technical Report will present the error included in census data that results from either persons being missed (not enumerated) or from persons being enumerated more than once by the 2016 Census. 

Release type: Reference material

2019-12-16

Infographic: Bilingualism among Canadian children and youth, 2006 to 2016

Infographic

Description: This infographic uses census data from 2006 and 2016 to examine the trends associated with English-French bilingualism among Canadian children and youth who were aged 5 to 17.

Release type: Data visualization

2020-02-25

Results from the 2016 Census: Education and labour market integration of Black youth in Canada

Insights on Canadian Society: 75-006-X202000100002

Description: Using integrated 2006 and 2016 census data, this study examines the education and labour market integration outcomes of a recent cohort of young Black Canadians. Specifically, this study examines the link between the characteristics of the youth and their families when they were living with their parents (in 2006), and their education and labour market outcomes 10 years later (in 2016).

Release type: Analytical product

2020-04-01

COVID-19: A data perspective

Table

Description: Explore key economic trends and social challenges that arise as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Release type: Data product

2020-07-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2020-07-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2020-07-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2020-07-20

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.

Release type: Reference material

2020-07-24

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.

Release type: Reference material

2020-11-18

Census Subdivision Boundary File, 2020

Spatial information product: 92-162-X2020001

Description: The intercensal Census Subdivision Boundary File provides a framework for mapping and spatial analysis. The digital boundary file depicts the full extent of the geographic areas, including the coastal water area, and portrays the boundaries of all census subdivisions which combined cover all of Canada.

Release type: Geography product

2020-11-18

Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names, Up to January 1, 2020

Reference document: 92F0009X2020001

Description: The Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names provides a summary of the changes to census subdivisions such as municipal boundary or name changes that were processed since the production of the previous Interim List and have an effective date on or before January 1, 2020.

Release type: Geography product

2020-11-18

Road Network File, 2020

Spatial information product: 92-500-X2020001

Description: Intercensal road network files are digital representations of Canada's national road network, containing information such as street names, types, directions and address ranges.

Release type: Geography product

2021-01-15

Small business hub

Supporting documentation

Description: A resource to help existing and aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs plan and run their enterprises.

Release type: Reference material

2021-03-08

2021 Census Dissemination Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians

Consultation

Description: Information regarding consultation activities conducted with respect to 2021 Census products and services line and Internet delivery.

Release type: Consultation

2021-04-15

Census game

Supporting documentation

Description: Test how much of a #CensusGeek you are

Release type: Reference material

2021-04-20

2021 Census soundtrack

Supporting documentation

Description: As Canada’s statistical portrait, the census is a reflection of who we are and what makes us Canadian. Listen to our Spotify and YouTube playlists while you complete your 2021 Census questionnaire to experience the different facets of Canadian culture through the sounds of our celebrated musical talent.

Release type: Reference material

2021-05-12

2021 Census dissemination planning

Supporting documentation

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

Release type: Reference material

2021-05-12

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.

Release type: Reference material

2021-05-12

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.

Release type: Reference material

2021-11-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2021-11-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2021-11-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2021-11-17

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.

Release type: Reference material

2021-11-17

Boundary files, 2021 Census, First edition

Spatial information product: 92-160-X2021001

Description: Cartographic boundary files portray the geographic areas using only the major land mass of Canada and its coastal islands. Digital boundary files portray the full extent of the geographic areas, including the coastal water area.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Boundary files, 2021 Census, Reference guide

Reference document: 92-160-G2021001

Description: This reference guide is intended for users of the census boundary files. The guide provides an overview of the files, the general methodology used to create them, and important technical information for users.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Correspondence files, 2021 Census

Attribute information products: 92-156-X2021001

Description: Contains unique identifiers for the current census geographic area and the corresponding unique identifier for the previous census geographic area.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Correspondence files, 2021 Census, Reference guide

Reference document: 92-156-G2021001

Description: This guide describes the content and applications of the product, as well as provides information on data quality, record layouts, and methodology.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Dissemination Geographies Relationship File, 2021 Census

Spatial information product: 982600042021001

Description: The Dissemination Geographies Relationship File is a dataset at the dissemination block level that contains the links to all census geographic areas. This product, used in conjunction with the boundary files, serves to link geographic areas with higher geography levels using the Dissemination Geography Unique Identifiers (DGUIDs).

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Dissemination Geographies Relationship File, 2021 Census, Reference guide

Reference document: 982600032021001

Description: This reference guide is intended for the users of the 2021 Census Dissemination Geographies Relationship File. The guide provides an overview of the file, the general methodology used to create it, and important technical information for users.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names, 2016-2021

Reference document: 92F0009X2021001

Description: Provides a summary of changes to municipal boundaries, status and names.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Road network files, 2021 Census

Spatial information product: 92-500-X2021001

Description: Road network files are digital representations of Canada's national road network, containing information such as street names, types, directions and address ranges.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Road network files, 2021 Census, Reference guide

Reference document: 92-500-G2021001

Description: This guide describes the content and applications of the product, as well as providing information on data quality, record layouts, and methodology.

Release type: Geography product

2021-11-17

Census concepts training: Role of geography

Conceptual video: 982000032021001

Description: This video is the first one of a series of videos related to census geography in the context of the activities of the 2021 Census and previous censuses. The objective of this first video is to describe the role of geography. The remaining videos from this series, that will be released at later dates, will aim to provide an overview on the geographic regions of Canada, some of the products offered by Statistics Canada, and the census data visualization tools.

Release type: Training

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