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.

2016 Census
Table summary
This table displays the results of 2016 Census. The information is grouped by Geographic name (appearing as row headers), percent who responded yes and percent who responded no/left blank (appearing as column headers).
Geographic name % who responded yes % who responded no/left blank
Canada 81.5 18.5
Newfoundland and Labrador 85.2 14.8
Prince Edward Island 85.1 14.9
Nova Scotia 86.6 13.4
New Brunswick 84.0 16.0
Quebec 83.4 16.6
Ontario 80.8 19.2
Manitoba 80.5 19.5
Saskatchewan 81.0 19.0
Alberta 79.8 20.2
British Columbia 80.2 19.8
Yukon 82.1 17.9
Northwest Territories 83.1 16.9
Nunavut 78.9 21.1
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