Guide to the Census of Population, 2016
Appendix 1.6 – Results of the 92-year consent question
The consent question used in the 2016 Census gave Canadians the opportunity to make an informed decision about the release of their census records in 92 years.
The Statistics Act allows for the release of name-identified census information to be transferred to Library and Archives Canada and made publicly available 92 years after the 2016 Census of Population. Consenting to the release of census information will help future generations better understand the Canada of today, and will benefit historical, academic and genealogical research. If consent is not given, then personal information will remain confidential in perpetuity.
In 2016, 81.5% of respondents to the Census of Population answered yes, and the remainder either responded no or left the option blank.
Release of personal census information after 92 years
The following table shows how Canadians responded to the 92-year consent question on the 2016 Census questionnaire, both in Canada as a whole, and in individual provinces and territories.
|Geographic name||% who responded yes||% who responded no/left blank|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||85.2||14.8|
|Prince Edward Island||85.1||14.9|
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