2021 Census dissemination planning
Release plans

Release date: May 12, 2021 Updated on: February 8, 2023

Release schedule

Starting in February 2022, the Census Team has planned seven major releases of 2021 Census of Population data products, analytical products, reference material and geography products, which, in most cases, correspond to high-level themes/topics. Following the completion of the seven major census releases in 2022, there will be further releases which will highlight additional themes and key findings in the data, and will offer more data tables, updates to data products, and analysis for selected data. The planned releases for 2022 and 2023 are itemized below by year.

For a full listing of already released products, refer to Census releases.


The following table provides a high-level overview of planned releases for 2023. The product list and dates are subject to change. The list will be updated periodically to provide the latest release plans.

Tentative release schedule, 2023
Season/Year to be released Product title Estimated/Planned release date
Winter 2023 Reference guides: PDF version
  • Commuting Reference Guide
  • Education Reference Guide
  • Housing Characteristics Reference Guide
  • Income Reference Guide
  • Instruction in the Minority Official Language Reference Guide
  • Labour Reference Guide
  • Guide to the Census of Population, 2021
  • 2021 Census Data Quality Guidelines
Winter 2023 Analytical products: additional Census in brief articles and infographics TBD
Spring 2023 Data tables: Cluster 2 TBD
Summer 2023 Data tables: Cluster 3 TBD
Summer 2023 Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021: PDF version TBD
Summer 2023 Indigenous Population Profile, 2021 Census of Population TBD
Summer 2023 Sampling and Weighting Technical Report, Census of Population, 2021 TBD
Summer 2023 Public Use Microdata File (PUMF), Individuals File, 2021 Census TBD
Fall 2023 Data tables: Cluster 4 TBD
Fall 2023 Technical Paper: Instruction in the minority official language TBD


There will be seven major 'themed' release dates for the dissemination of data from the 2021 Census of Population. Each major release of data by theme will be highlighted in The Daily, Statistics Canada's official release bulletin, and each major release will offer data, analytical, and reference products for our users to access and consume.

Continuing to add value to our products

As we move through the dissemination of data from the 2021 Census of Population, we will continually add new features to our products that will benefit data users and their experience in working with the data.

The 2016 Census product line saw web data services added to our most popular product, the Census Profile. In addition to that, we also added rates and charts features to the Profile, adding to the user experience. For products in the 2021 Census of Population line-up, we will be including more value-added features and tools for our users to benefit from when accessing our data products.

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch about our release plans, please email us at 2021 Census consultation.

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