The 2016 Census Is Coming

March 21, 2016 – Canada’s next census will be conducted in May 2016 and will provide a statistical portrait of the country and its people. In Canada, it is mandatory for every person, young and old, to participate in the census. This includes Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, refugee claimants, and people who hold a work or study permit.

Early in May, census packages will be delivered to households across Canada, providing residents with the information they need to complete their questionnaire online or on paper.

Completed questionnaires will provide valuable information that will be used by all levels of government to make decisions about your neighbourhood and community. Information obtained through the census is needed to plan services such as child care, schooling, family services, housing, public transportation and skills training for employment.

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