Canadians have relied on census data for more than 150 years.
The Census of Population provides information on key socioeconomic trends and analyses. It helps Canadians plan services and make informed decisions that affect:
- our families
- our neighbourhoods
- our businesses
Helping communities plan services and programs for residents
Population growth and the number of Canadians counted from across the country are included in the data.
Use community-level census data when planning a new business venture or finding a new home. Using data like:
- demographics can show population counts that can help you understand the people that make up your community
- services can provide information like population data, the number of dwellings and their occupancy status
See the impact of the pandemic
The 2021 release sheds light on the impact of the pandemic on the demographic make-up of our country. These data are key to telling Canada's story and monitoring how the country has changed and continues to grow.
Canada remains the fastest growing country in the G7 — this hasn’t changed in 5 years.
Most of that growth is attributable to more people arriving here from around the world to start a new life. Approximately 1.8 million more people were calling Canada home in 2021 compared with 5 years earlier — in fact, 4 out of 5 of these people immigrated to Canada since 2016.
Among the 36,991,981 people living here in the spring of 2021, close to 27.3 million people, or nearly 3 in 4 Canadians, lived in one of Canada's 41 large urban centres.