In preparation for the 2021 Census, Statistics Canada conducted a content consultation from fall 2017 to spring 2018 using an online questionnaire and face-to-face discussions.

Consultation respondents and federal stakeholders suggested that the census questionnaire collect information on veterans.

You asked, we listened

As a result of national consultations with interested parties, Statistics Canada has included a new question about veterans in the 2019 Census Test.

Detailed information on the number of people with Canadian military experience is a frequently reported data gap.

Consultation respondents expressed a desire for content on veterans to be added to the census to improve program service delivery. These information needs would be satisfied by adding a question that identifies all individuals who have ever served in the Canadian Armed Forces. The veteran population was last identified by the census in 1971.

You asked for Proposed content for the 2019 Census Test
Information about all veterans with Canadian military experience A new question to provide accurate information about the number of respondents who have served or are serving in the Canadian military.

Respondents said that these data could help assess demand for benefits to improve the health and well-being of veterans and their families.

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