Census of Population Program Consultation

Before each census, Statistics Canada initiates an extensive consultation program that allows data users and interested parties across Canada to share their views on both the content and dissemination strategy of the census.

Content consultation

Content consultation

Consulting with census data users and the Canadian public allows Statistics Canada to identify whether or not the questions asked in the census are relevant, how census data are used and how important the census is to Canadians. A formal consultation is set at the start of each cycle. During that time, Statistics Canada invites data users, stakeholders and the general public to provide feedback on what information they use, for what purpose and what, if any, data gaps Statistics Canada should consider addressing in the next census cycle.

Dissemination consultation

Dissemination consultation

Consulting with census data users and the Canadian public allows Statistics Canada to identify whether the products that were disseminated from the previous cycle were sufficient in meeting users' needs, while also identifying areas of improvement for the products, including new ideas or functionalities for products and tools that would be of benefit to data users and the Canadian public.

The 2026 Census of Population Dissemination Consultation will begin on January 9, 2024. Statistics Canada thanks all participants in advance for contributing to this consultation.

Statistics Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of consultation participants. All personal information created, held or collected by the Agency is protected by the Privacy Act. For more information on Statistics Canada's privacy policies, please consult the Privacy notice.

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