Issue 17-27: 2016 Census: Information and Upcoming Releases

February 9, 2017

Is Everyone Counted in the Census?

Not everyone is counted in the census and some people are counted more than once. Statistics Canada undertakes a series of ‘coverage studies’ to assess the net impact of missing or over-counted people and households. The difference between the number of people missed and those counted more than once is commonly referred to as the ‘net census undercount’. In 2011 the estimated net census undercount for B.C. was 91,280 or 2.0% of the B.C. population, just below the undercount for 2.2% for Canada. The coverage studies effort is currently under way, and the 2016 Census’ net undercount will be released late 2018.

2016 Census Highlights and Future Releases

The Census was conducted on May 10th, 2016.

In 2011, the mandatory long form of the census was replaced with the voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) and sent to one in three households. In 2016, the mandatory long form was reinstated and sent to one in four households. However, the overall response rate for the 2016 long form was nearly 98% much higher than the 68% for the NHS. As a result, the 2016 data is expected to be of better quality, and more comparable to previous censuses.

2016 Census Release Schedule

The information collected in the 2016 Census will be released over the next nine months, according to the following schedule:

February 8, 2017

  • Population and dwellings

May 3, 2017

  • Population by Age and Gender
  • Type of Dwelling

May 10, 2017

  • Census of Agriculture

August 2, 2017

  • Families, households and marital status
  • Language

September 13, 2017

  • Income

October 25, 2017

  • Immigration and ethnocultural diversity
  • Housing
  • Aboriginal peoples

November 29, 2017

  • Education
  • Labour
  • Journey to work
  • Language of work
  • Mobility and migration

For more information on the 2016 Census please visit the BC Stats website or the Statistics Canada 2016 Census website.