Welcome to the 2016 Census

The collection phase of the 2016 Census of Population is now complete.

Thank you Canada! 2016 Census: Transcript

A message to all Canadians from the Chief Statistician of Canada

Thanks to the commitment and cooperation of all Canadians, we have achieved our best census ever.

The overall collection response rate of 98.4 per cent for the 2016 Census of Population is higher than for each of the 2011 and 2006 Census programs.

Your response to the 2016 long form was simply outstanding. The collection response rate for the long form was 97.8 per cent, the best ever recorded. This response rate will enable the provision of high-quality information for virtually all communities across Canada.

Statistics Canada will now turn its focus to the analysis of census data. We are launching an accelerated release schedule that will provide Canadians with all results in a more timely fashion than for any previous census. The population and dwelling counts will be published on the Statistics Canada website on February 8, 2017.

Once again, thank you Canada for making this our best census since 1666.

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

Canadians’ overwhelming response enables ‘best-ever’ Census in 2016

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