2016 Census: Collection begins in May across Canada

Early in May, Canadians will be receiving their census letter in the mail

Statistics Canada has announced that the 2016 Census collection will begin in May across Canada.

Early in May, Canadians will be receiving their census letter in the mail with instructions on how to conveniently complete their questionnaire online.

A toll-free number will also be included for respondents who would prefer to request a paper questionnaire.

Census information is important for communities across Canada and is used in planning services such as child care, schooling, public transportation, housing, skills training for employment, and police and fire services.

Census data is also used in making decisions—for communities, provinces and territories, and the country as a whole.

Watch for your census letter in the mail in early May.

The next Census of Agriculture will also take place in May 2016.

The Census of Agriculture collects information on every agricultural operation in Canada. Starting May 2, 2016, agricultural operators who intend to sell at least one agricultural product are required to complete a Census of Agriculture questionnaire.

This Census provides a statistical portrait of Canada’s agriculture industry and its farm operators and families.  It can be completed online or on paper.

Collection has already begun in First Nations communities across Canada.

Although the census begins in May 2016 across most of the country, census representatives have already been visiting households in First Nations communities in April to complete census questionnaires with local residents.

Census information is vital for planning services such as housing, employment, education, health care and other initiatives related to the well-being of residents in First Nations communities.  Census questionnaires will be completed by personal interview.

The census questions have been translated into 11 Aboriginal languages, allowing respondents to read them in their own language.

More information on the 2016 Census can be found on the census website:  www.census.gc.ca