You can be fined for not completing it.
The census is coming soon to mailboxes near you! The Canadian Census for 2021 is set to arrive as soon as May 3 for residents, and there are some things you should know if it's your first time participating.
The census is sent out every five years to get a sense of the population and track trends like where people live and their socioeconomic situation.
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There are two kinds that are sent out to the general population: the short questionnaire, which 75% of people get, and the long-form census, which 25% of people will receive, which has extra questions about where you live and your economic situation.
Regardless of which kind you receive, you will want to make sure you take the time to fill it out, as it's actually a legal requirement for all residents of Canada and refusal to complete the census can result in a $500 fine.
In May, each household will receive a letter with an access code to log on and complete the questionnaire online, but if you need a paper version you can call the census helpline to request one.