Census explainer videos—Why is the census important?

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Why is the census important?

Transcript - Why is the census important?

What is the census? The census is the official survey of the population.

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The 2021 Census information allows Canadians to accurately see the country's changing society.

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This is important because governments, businesses, associations and community organizations use the census to make important decisions that affect communities, provinces or territories and the entire country.

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By completing the census questionnaire, Canadians ensure that every community has the information needed to plan services that support employment, schools, public transportation and hospitals.

(One of the male characters is sitting at a desk completing the census questionnaire on his computer. In each window behind the character business, school, bus, and hospital icons pop up inside them.)

For more information or to complete the 2021 Census questionnaire, visit census.gc.ca. It's safe, quick and easy.

(Text on screen says, "For more information or to complete the 2021 Census questionnaire, visit census.gc.ca." The Statistics Canada and census identifiers appear below the text.)

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Why is the census important? (described video)

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