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The 2016 census is coming: What you need to know

Canada’s next census will be conducted in May 2016. Early in May, census packages will be delivered to households across Canada, providing residents with the information they need to complete their questionnaire online or on paper.

Completed questionnaires will provide valuable information that will be used by all levels of government to make decisions about your neighbourhood and community. Information obtained through the census is needed to plan services such as child care, schooling, family services, housing, public transportation and skills training for employment.

Every person, young and old, must be included in the 2016 Census.

Starting May 2, 2016, you can call the Census Help Line (CHL) at 1-855-700-2016, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., if:

  • you have questions about alternative formats of census materials
  • you need help completing your questionnaire or want information about the census
  • someone in your household would prefer to complete a separate questionnaire
  • you need more than one questionnaire for your household
  • you want a new census questionnaire, or a questionnaire in French
  • you want a copy of the questions in a language other than English or French.

The CHL is a free service and is available in many languages.

For more information about the 2016 Census, visit

Archival Date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016
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