Census learning centre

Once every five years, the Census of Population provides a detailed and comprehensive statistical portrait of Canada that is vital to our country. It is the primary source of sociodemographic data for specific population groups such as lone-parent families, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, seniors and language groups.

In order to help users of census products to better understand the various Census of Population concepts, Statistics Canada has developed a series of short videos. These videos are a reference source for users who are new to census concepts or those who have some experience with these concepts, but may need a refresher or would like to expand their knowledge.

From the list below, you will be able to filter the videos based on your topics of interest.

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2022-09-21

Introduction to housing data, 2021 Census of Population

The objective of this video is to offer insights into housing variables and key household indicators like housing adequacy, suitability and affordability. It explains where housing questions are found on the Census of Population questionnaire, the importance of housing data and how housing data are used by governments, businesses and social service agencies.

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2022-09-21

Housing and dwelling characteristics, 2021 Census of Population

This video introduces household and dwelling characteristics and their use in dissemination and analysis. It also presents the housing variables that are commonly used in analyses such as household maintainer, tenure, total income of household, household size and household type. In addition, the video shows the dwelling characteristics that describe the physical attributes of the living quarters occupied by the household, such as number of rooms, number of bedrooms, period of construction, dwelling condition, condominium status and value (owner estimated).

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2022-09-12

2021 Census: New Indigenous content

For the first time, the 2021 Census of Population included a question on Enrollment under an Inuit land claims agreement and one on membership in a Métis organization or Settlement. These questions will help to fill data gaps on Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous population Conceptual video
2022-08-17

Mother tongue, 2021 Census of Population

This video will explain why and how census collects data on language and its importance and relevance for governments, researchers and community groups. It provides an understanding of how data on mother tongue is collected, how mother tongue variables are created and how they are disseminated and analyzed. In addition the video explains the concept of single and multiple responses and the three ways of dealing with multiple responses that is separate treatment, inclusion and distribution.

Language Conceptual video
2022-08-17

Knowledge of official and non-official languages, 2021 Census of Population

This video will allow you to identify the census questionnaire questions on knowledge of official and non-official languages. It will also allow you to understand how variables on knowledge of official and non-official languages are created and how they are disseminated and analyzed.

Language Conceptual video
2022-07-13

Introduction to income data, 2021 Census of Population

This video provides a general overview of the income data collection process and specifies the target population as well as the reference period for income data. It also points out important aspects to consider when looking at income data in conjunction with other demographic, social, ethnocultural, education and labour characteristics.

Income Conceptual video
2022-07-13

Income sources and components of total income, 2021 Census of Population

This video provides an understanding of the sources and composition of income. It identifies what is considered income and what sources are excluded from income. It introduces viewers to the components of total income i.e., market income and government transfers. It also provides an insight into how other income concepts such as employment income and after-tax income are derived.

Income Conceptual video
2022-07-13

Marital status, 2021 Census of Population

This video is designed to give you a basic understanding of the demographic variable "marital status" and how this variable is created and used. The concepts legal marital status, common-law status and de-facto marital status, are explained to allow you to better understand, analyze and build census data tables using the marital status variable.

Sociocultural concepts Conceptual video
2022-07-13

Families, 2021 Census of Population

The objective of this video is to explain the different types of families i.e., census families and economic families. It presents the concepts and variables related to families such as household type, family structure and the living arrangements of individuals. Family-related characteristics and concepts can apply to families, individuals (those in families or not) or households.

Sociocultural concepts Conceptual video
2022-04-27

Census dwellings, 2021 Census of Population

This video will provide viewers with a basic understanding of the differences between a private dwelling and a collective dwelling, the classification of private dwellings into regular and marginal dwellings and the classification of collective dwellings into institutional and non-institutional collective dwellings. Viewers will also learn about the method of enumeration of these dwellings.

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2022-04-27

Types of dwellings, 2021 Census of Population

The census counts dwellings to associate people with a spatial unit and to publish counts of the dwellings themselves, along with information about dwelling characteristics. This video provides information about the different variables associated with dwellings such as Structural types of dwellings, Dwelling condition, Condominium status, Period of construction, Rooms and Bedrooms in a dwelling.

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2022-04-27

Age, 2021 Census of Population

The objective of this video is to provide an overview of a key indicator of the most basic demographic characteristics of the population – Age. This video explains the main concepts relating to age, the quantitative and qualitative aspect of the age variable and how age is used by the public and private sector to assess and meet social and business needs.

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2022-04-06

2021 Census: Sex at birth and gender – the whole picture

This video presents information on the new gender question in the 2021 Census and the added precision of ‘at birth’ to the sex question. It highlights the importance of these modifications for greater data inclusivity and the benefits for all individuals in Canada.

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2022-02-09

Geographic areas of Canada, 2021 Census of Population

The objective of this video is to describe the classification of geographic areas in Canada. Well-defined geographic areas provide the framework for data collection, dissemination and analysis. This video will provide an understanding of how geographic areas are organized, the coding standards and the differences between administrative and statistical areas.

Geography Conceptual video
2022-02-09

Geographic products, 2021 Census of Population

The objective of this video is to present the various geographic products and services available to users. It will guide users through reference documents, attribute information products (such as correspondence files) and spatial information products, which can be found on the census website.

Geography Conceptual video
2022-02-09

Census geographic visualization tools, 2021 Census of Population

The objective of this video is to help users at all levels quickly understand key information derived from data with the help of powerful and dynamic tools like GeoSuite, GeoSearch and the Census Program Data Viewer.

Geography Conceptual video
2022-02-09

Basic components of a table, 2021 Census of Population

This video is designed to provide viewers with a basic understanding of how census concepts, e.g., focuses, population of interest and variables are logically structured to show different ways of looking at data. The knowledge of these concepts is used when analyzing or creating census data products.

Basic demographic concepts Conceptual video
2021-11-17

Role of geography, 2021 Census of Population

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, which 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.

Geography Conceptual video
2018-11-28

Making informed decisions with census data

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

Basic demographic concepts General knowledge
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