Canada 2016 Census

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27th Census of Canada
General information
Country Canada
Date taken May 10, 2016 (official census day)
Total population to be determined
Percent change to be determined
Most populous province/territory to be determined
Least populous province/territory to be determined

The Canada 2016 Census is a forthcoming detailed enumeration of the Canadian population scheduled for May 2016. The census, to be conducted by Statistics Canada, is in the planning stage, and will be Canada's seventh quinquennial census.[N 1] Statistics Canada has identified May 10, 2016 as the official census day.[2] The 2016 census will mark the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census, which had been dropped in favour of the voluntary National Household Survey for the 2011 census.[3]


Consultation with census data users, clients, stakeholders and other interested parties closed in November 2012. Qualitative content testing, which involves soliciting feedback regarding the questionnaire and tests responses to its questions, is scheduled for the fall of 2013, with more extensive testing to occur in May 2014. Statistics Canada was to submit its census content recommendations for review by the Parliament of Canada in December 2014 for subsequent final approval by the Cabinet of Canada.[4]

On November 5, 2015, during the first Liberal caucus meeting after forming a majority government, the party announced that it would reinstate the mandatory[5] long-form census,[6] starting in 2016. By early January 2016, Statistics Canada had announced a need for 35,000 people to complete this survey to commence in May.[7]

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  1. ^ Canada's first quinquennial census was conducted in 1956.[1]


  1. ^ "Overview of the Census: Census year 2011" (PDF). Statistics Canada. April 2012. p. 4. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2016 Census questions". Statistics Canada. April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Liberal gov't restores mandatory long-form census". CTV News. November 5, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2016 Census Program Content Consultation Guide: Census year 2016" (PDF). Statistics Canada. p. 10. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen More Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen. "The long-form census is back – with penalties still possible if you ignore it". Ottawa Citizen. 
  6. ^ "Liberals can restore long-form census for 2016, if they act quickly, observers say". October 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Tencer, Daniel (January 5, 2016). "Statistics Canada Hiring 35,000 For 2016 Census That Will Replace Harper's Voluntary Survey". Huffington Post., Inc. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 

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