Topics, 2021 Census
Population and dwelling counts

Release date: February 9, 2022 Updated on: November 30, 2022

The 2021 Census of Population Program offers a wide range of analysis, data, reference and geographical information according to topics (subjects) that paint a portrait of Canada and its population. The population and dwelling counts are the first major release of data from the 2021 Census of Population. Data are presented for the population, total private dwellings and dwellings occupied by usual residents.

2021 Census of Population products by type: Population and dwelling counts

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2022-02-09

Title:Census Profile, 2021: Population and dwelling counts

Profile of a community or region: 98-316-X2021001

Description: This profile presents information from the 2021 Census of Population for various levels of geography, including provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, communities and census tracts.

Data product
2022-11-30

Title:Data quality tables, 2021 Census of Population

Table

Description: This series of cross-tabulations presents a portrait of Canada. They range in complexity and are available for various levels of geography.

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:Data tables: Population and dwelling counts

Table

Description: This series of cross-tabulations presents a portrait of Canada. They range in complexity and are available for various levels of geography.

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:Highlight tables: Population and dwelling counts

Table: 98-402-X2021001

Description: These tables provide population and dwelling counts established by the 2021 Census of Population.

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:Focus on Geography Series: Population and dwelling counts

Profile of a community or region: 98-404-X2021001

Description: Focusing on a selected geographic area, this product presents data highlights for each of the major releases of the 2021 Census. These data highlights are presented through text, tables and figures. A map image of the geographic area is also included in the product. The geographic levels presented in this product include Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations, census divisions and census subdivisions.

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:Ranking of the 10 most populated municipalities, 1901 to 2021

Interactive chart: 98-505-X2021001

Description: The interactive ribbon chart is a data visualization product that shows the evolution of most populated municipalities over time. It depicts the top 10 municipalities (also called census subdivisions, or CSDs) ranked by population for each census year.

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:Census Program Data Viewer (CPDV): Population and dwelling counts

Interactive dashboard: 98-507-X2021001

Description: The Census Program Data Viewer (CPDV) is an advanced web-based data visualization tool that will make statistical information more interpretable by presenting key indicators in a statistical dashboard. The CPDV makes it easy to find many places in Canada, see them on a map, and get basic geographic and sociodemographic data for those places. To find a specific place of interest, you can click and zoom in on a map of Canada or you can search by place name or postal code. The CPDV then displays the appropriate thematic map showing boundaries and other features. The CPDV will also enable users to easily compare indicator values for different places and help identify relationships between indicators.

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:Thematic maps: Population counts

Thematic map: 92-173-X2021001

Description: A thematic map shows the spatial distribution of one or more specific census data themes for standard geographic areas. The map may be qualitative in nature (e.g., predominant mother tongue) or quantitative (e.g., percentage population change).

Data product
2022-02-09

Title:2021 Census key indicators: Population and dwelling counts

Key indicators

Description: The key indicators provide a quick snapshot of census data highlights by topic.

Data product
2022-02-18

Title:Canada tops G7 growth despite COVID, American Sign Language

The Daily

Description: This American Sign Language video includes highlights from the first release of the 2021 Census of Population included in The Daily.

Analytical product
2022-02-09

Title:Canada's fastest growing and decreasing municipalities from 2016 to 2021

Census in Brief: 98-200-X2021001

Description: This Census in Brief examines municipalities (census subdivisions) in Canada that were the largest in 2021, and fastest growing and decreasing in population from 2016 to 2021. It also presents some trends on urban spread in Canada.

Analytical product
2022-02-09

Title:Population growth in Canada's rural areas, 2016 to 2021

Census in Brief: 98-200-X2021002

Description: This Census in Brief examines population growth of Canada's rural areas and their changing proportion within the country. It also presents international comparisons, a portrait of population growth according to the remoteness index and population changes in the three territories.

Analytical product
2022-02-09

Title:Canada tops G7 growth despite COVID

The Daily

Description: Canada’s population grew at almost twice the pace of every other G7 country from 2016 to 2021. Approximately 1.8 million more people called Canada home in 2021 compared with five years earlier, with most of that growth attributable to new arrivals from around the world. Canada’s population growth was, however, halted with the onset of the pandemic.

Analytical product
2022-02-09

Title:Canada's large urban centres continue to grow and spread

The Daily

Description: From 2016 to 2021, the downtown populations of Canada’s large urban centres grew at almost twice the pace than the urban centres as a whole, despite a pause during the pandemic. At the same time, urban spread continues, and is accelerating in many urban centres, particularly in suburbs located the farthest from downtown.

Analytical product
2022-02-09

Title:Policy on response to formal review requests of 2021 Census population and dwelling counts

Supporting documentation

Description: This webpage outlines the policy and guidelines to submit a request for a formal review.

Reference material
2022-11-30

Title:Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021

Dictionary: 98-301-X2021001

Description: The Census Dictionary is a reference document which contains detailed definitions of Census of Population concepts, variables, and geographic terms, as well as historical information.

Reference material
2022-11-30

Title:Guide to the Census of Population, 2021

Guide: 98-304-X2021001

Description: This reference document provides an overview of the Census of Population content determination, collection, processing, data quality assessment and data dissemination.

Reference material
2022-02-09

Title:GeoSuite

Attribute information products: 92-150-X2021001

Description: A powerful search tool based on census standard geographic areas. Users may retrieve and query data, explore the links between geographic areas, obtain information on those areas and output data in tabular format.

Geography product
2022-02-09

Title:GeoSearch

Map: 92-142-X2021001

Description: This interactive mapping application makes it easy to find many places in Canada, see them on a map, and get basic geographic and demographic data for those places.

Geography product
2022-02-09

Title:Boundary files, 2021 Census

Spatial information product: 92-160-X2021001

Description: Cartographic boundary files portray the geographic areas using only the major land mass of Canada and its coastal islands. Digital boundary files portray the full extent of the geographic areas, including the coastal water area.

Geography product
2022-02-09

Title:Geographic Attribute File (GAF), 2021 Census

Attribute information products: 92-151-X2021001

Description: The file contains geographic data at the dissemination block level. The file includes population and dwelling counts, land area, geographic codes, names, unique identifiers and, where applicable, types.

Geography product
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