Census 2A - 2016

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Introduction

Purpose

The census provides a detailed statistical portrait of Canada and its people by their demographic, social and economic characteristics. This information is important for communities and is vital for planning services such as child care, schooling, family services, and skills training for employment.

Authority

This information is collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. S-19.

Confidential when completed.

Confidentiality

THE LAW PROTECTS WHAT YOU TELL US

The confidentiality of your responses is protected by law. All Statistics Canada employees have taken an oath of secrecy. Your personal information cannot be given to anyone outside Statistics Canada without your consent. This is your right.

Assistance

ANY QUESTIONS?

- www.census.gc.ca
- Call us free of charge 1-855-700-2016
- TTY: 1-866-753-7083

Ce questionnaire est disponible en français (1-855-700-2016)

REASONS WHY WE ASK THE QUESTIONS
Steps A to D and question 1 are asked to determine who should complete this questionnaire.

Questions 2 to 6 provide information about the living arrangements of people in Canada, the family size, the number of children living with one parent or two parents, and the number of people who live alone. This information is used for planning social programs, such as Old Age Security and the Canada Child Tax Benefit. It is also used by communities to plan a variety of services such as day care centres, schools, police, fire protection and residences for senior citizens.

Questions 7 to 9 are used to provide a profile of the linguistic diversity of Canada's population. This information is used to estimate the need for services in English and French, and to better understand the current status and the evolution of Canada's various language groups.

Question 10 provides each person with the opportunity to make an informed decision about what happens to his or her personal census information in 92 years. Consenting to the release of census information in 92 years will help future generations better understand the Canada of today, and will benefit historical, academic and genealogical research.

Introduction statement

Message from the Chief Statistician of Canada

The census provides a portrait of our people and the places in which we live. Census information is important for your community and is vital for planning its public services. Be part of this new portrait of Canada and complete your census questionnaire.

In order to reduce the number of questions in this questionnaire, Statistics Canada will obtain your income information from personal income tax and benefits records.

By law, your household must complete a census questionnaire. Your answers are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act and will be kept strictly confidential.

The information that you provide may be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes or may be combined with other survey or administrative data sources.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

Reporting instructions

Complete your census questionnaire:

- ONLINE: at www.census.gc.ca by using the secure access code printed above.

or

- ON PAPER: please print using CAPITAL LETTERS.

STEP A

STEP A - Question identifier:1.

What is your telephone number?

  • 1: Telephone Number

STEP A - Question identifier:2.

What email address could we use to contact your household, if applicable?

  • 1: Email address

STEP A - Question identifier:3.

What is the address of this dwelling?

  • 1: Number (and suffix, if applicable) (e.g., 302, 151 B, 16 1/2)
  • 2: Street name, street type (e.g., DR = Drive), direction (e.g., N = North)
  • 3: Apartment/unit
  • 4: City, municipality, town, village, Indian reserve
  • 5: Province/territory
  • 6: Postal code

STEP A - Question identifier:4.

What is the mailing address of this dwelling, if different from above?

  • 1: Mailing address (e.g., Rural Route, PO Box, Lot and Concession or General Delivery)

STEP B

WHOM TO INCLUDE IN STEP B

- All persons who have their main residence at this address on May 10, 2016, including newborn babies, room-mates and persons who are temporarily away,

- Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), persons asking for refugee status (refugee claimants), persons from another country with a work or study permit and family members living here with them,

- Persons staying at this address temporarily on May 10, 2016 who have no main residence elsewhere.

WHERE TO INCLUDE PERSONS WITH MORE THAN ONE RESIDENCE

- CHILDREN IN JOINT CUSTODY should be included in the home of the parent where they live most of the time. Children who spend equal time with each parent should be included in the home of the parent with whom they are staying on May 10, 2016.

- STUDENTS who return to live with their parents during the year should be included at their parents' address, even if they live elsewhere while attending school or working at a summer job.

- SPOUSES OR COMMON-LAW PARTNERS TEMPORARILY AWAY who stay elsewhere while working or studying should be listed at the main residence of their family, if they return periodically.

- PERSONS IN AN INSTITUTION for less than six months (for example, in a home for the aged, a hospital or a prison) should be listed at their usual residence.

IF THIS ADDRESS IS:

- a SECONDARY RESIDENCE (for example, a cottage) for ALL PERSONS who stayed here on May 10, 2016 (all these persons have their main residence elsewhere in Canada), mark this circle. Print your name, your telephone number and your main residence address. Do not answer other questions.

- a DWELLING OCCUPIED ONLY BY RESIDENTS OF ANOTHER COUNTRY VISITING CANADA (for example, on vacation or on a business trip), mark this circle. Print your name, your telephone number and your country of residence. Do not answer other questions.

- the HOME OF A GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ANOTHER COUNTRY (for example, an embassy or a high commission) and family members, mark this circle. Print your name, your telephone number and the country that you represent. Do not answer other questions.

Name
Telephone number
Number (and suffix, if applicable) (e.g., 302, 151 B, 16 1/2)
Street name, street type (e.g., DR = Drive), direction (e.g., N = North)
Apartment/unit
City, municipality, town, village, Indian reserve
Province/territory
Postal code
Country

Mail this questionnaire in the enclosed envelope today.

STEP B - Question identifier:1.

Including yourself, how many persons usually live at this address on May 10, 2016?

Include all persons who have their main residence at this address, even if they are temporarily away.
See the instructions in step B (joint custody, students, landed immigrants, secondary residence, etc.).

  • 1: Number of persons

STEP B - Question identifier:2.

Including yourself, list all persons who usually live here on May 10, 2016.

Important: Begin the list with an adult followed, if applicable, by that person's spouse or common-law partner and by their children. Continue with all other persons who usually live at this address.

  • 1: FAMILY NAME(S), GIVEN NAME(S)

STEP C

STEP C - Question identifier:1.

Did you leave anyone out of step B because you were not sure the person should be listed? For example, a student, a child in joint custody, a person temporarily away, a person who lives here temporarily, a resident from another country with a work or study permit, a refugee claimant, etc.

  • 1: No
  • 2: Yes. Specify the name, the relationship and the reason.
    - Name(s) and Relationship
    - Reason

STEP D

STEP D - Question identifier:1.

Is anyone listed in step B a farm operator who produces at least one agricultural product intended for sale?
For example, crops, livestock, milk, poultry, eggs, greenhouse or nursery products, Christmas trees, sod, honey, bees, maple syrup products, furs, etc.

  • 1: No. Go to step E.
  • 2: Yes

STEP D - Question identifier:2.

Does this farm operator make the day-to-day management decisions related to the farm?

  • 1: No
  • 2: Yes

STEP E

Copy the names in step B to question 1.
Keep the same order.
If more than six persons live here, you will need an extra questionnaire; call 1-855-700-2016.

STEP E - Question identifier:1.

NAME

In the spaces provided, copy the names in the same order as in step B. Then answer the following questions for each person.

The following questions refer to each person's situation on May 10, 2016, unless otherwise specified.

  • 1: Family Name, Given Name

STEP E - Question identifier:2.

What is this person's sex?

  • 1: Male
  • 2: Female

STEP E - Question identifier:3.

What are this person's date of birth and age?

Example: Day 23 Month 02 Year 1974 Age 42
If exact date is not known, enter best estimate.
For children under the age of 1, enter 0.

  • 1: Day, Month, Year
  • 2: Age

STEP E - Question identifier:4.

What is this person's marital status?

Mark one circle only.

  • 1: Never legally married
  • 2: Legally married (and not separated)
  • 3: Separated, but still legally married
  • 4: Divorced
  • 5: Widowed

STEP E - Question identifier:5.

Is this person living with a common-law partner?

Common-law refers to two people who live together as a couple but who are not legally married to each other.

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

STEP E - Question identifier:6.

What is the relationship of this person to Person 1?

If none of the responses in the list describes this person's relationship to Person 1, then specify a response under "Other relationship".

  • 1: Person 1

    Person 2
    1: Opposite-sex husband or wife of Person 1
    2: Opposite-sex common-law partner of Person 1
    3: Same-sex married spouse of Person 1
    4: Same-sex common-law partner of Person 1
    5: Son or daughter of Person 1 only
    6: Grandchild of Person 1
    7: Son-in-law or daughter-in-law of Person 1
    8: Father or mother of Person 1
    9: Father-in-law or mother-in-law of Person 1
    10: Brother or sister of Person 1
    11: Foster child
    12: Room-mate, lodger or boarder
    13: Other relationship - specify:

    Person 3-6
    1: Son or daughter of both Persons 1 and 2
    2: Son or daughter of Person 1 only
    3: Son or daughter of Person 2 only
    4: Grandchild of Person 1
    5: Son-in-law or daughter-in-law of Person 1
    6: Father or mother of Person 1
    7: Father-in-law or mother-in-law of Person 1
    8: Brother or sister of Person 1
    9: Foster child
    10: Room-mate, lodger or boarder
    11: Other relationship - specify:

STEP E - Question identifier:7.

Can this person speak English or French well enough to conduct a conversation?

Mark one circle only.

  • 1: English only
  • 2: French only
  • 3: Both English and French
  • 4: Neither English nor French

STEP E - Question identifier:8. a)

What language does this person speak most often at home?

  • 1: English
  • 2: French
  • 3: Other language - specify:

STEP E - Question identifier:8 b)

Does this person speak any other languages on a regular basis at home?

  • 1: No
  • 2: Yes, English
  • 3: Yes, French
  • 4: Yes, other language - specify:

STEP E - Question identifier:9.

What is the language that this person first learned at home in childhood and still understands?

If this person no longer understands the first language learned, indicate the second language learned.

  • 1: English
  • 2: French
  • 3: Other language - specify:

STEP E - Question identifier:10.

This question is for all persons listed on the questionnaire. If you are answering on behalf of other people, please consult each person.

Does this person agree to make his or her 2016 Census information available in 2108 (92 years after the census)?

Only if you answer "Yes" will your responses be available to future generations and historical researchers, 92 years after the 2016 Census, in 2108.

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

STEP F

If more than six persons live here, you will need an extra questionnaire; call 1-855-700-2016.
You have now completed your questionnaire. Please mail it today. If you have lost the return envelope,
please mail the questionnaire to:
Statistics Canada
PO BOX 99998, STN FED-GOVT
Ottawa, ON K1A 9Z8
Thank you for your cooperation.

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