It’s still not too late to complete your 2021 Census

June 1st, 2021 - Defence Stories

Census collection started on May 3, 2021, and is well underway! It’s still not too late to complete your census and by doing this you help your community.

As you know, census information is important to all communities and is vital for planning schools, daycare centres, family services, public transportation and skills training for employment. Information from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help all levels of government evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and better plan for the future.

In response to the pandemic, the 2021 Census has been redesigned to ensure that Canadians and census employees are safe by limiting the amount of contact needed to participate in this important exercise.

Completing the census questionnaire online is the best way to stay home and stay safe while fulfilling the census obligation. Respondents without reliable Internet access can call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021 to complete their questionnaire over the phone or to request a paper questionnaire.

Starting in late May, enumerators will follow up with households that have not completed their census questionnaire online, on paper or by phone. Enumerators will do as much follow-up over the phone as possible.

In cases where in-person follow-up is required, a new no-contact protocol will be followed. Under this protocol, census employees will not conduct any interviews inside respondents’ dwellings. Interviews will be physically distanced, and census employees will be required to wear masks, in accordance with public health guidelines.

Statistics Canada developed the Community Supporter Toolkit to bring together products and resources, such as our reminder posters and web images, to help spread the word about the benefits and positive impact of census data.

To learn more about the 2021 Census, visit the 2021 Census website and follow Statistics Canada’s official social media accounts.

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