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Historical censuses

Digitization projects for out-of-copyright censuses from the pre-digital era have been undertaken by a number of institutions and research groups. Here is a roundup:

1956 Census of Canada

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1951 Census of Canada

General documentation

Data files

Published statistics

Reference maps

  • Census Metropolitan Areas, Counties, and Census Divisions: see Ninth Census of Canada, vol. X, Appendix B.
  • Federal Electoral Districts (1933 Representation Order): Print UTL Map Collection G3401 .F9 1933
  • Federal Electoral Districts (1951 Representation Order): Print UTL Map Collection G3401 .F9 1952
  • Census Tracts (pdf)

Geospatial Files

Geospatial files are available openly on Scholars Portal Geoportal at http://geo2.scholarsportal.info/#r/search/_queries@=1951%20census%20of%20canada;&fields@=;&sort=relevance&limit=entitled

1946 Census of the Prairie Provinces

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1941 Census of Population

General documentation

Data files

Geospatial Files

Published statistics

Reference maps

1936 Census of the Prairie Provinces

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1931 Census of Canada

General documentation

Data files

Geospatial Files

Published statistics

Reference maps

  • Federal Electoral Districts (1924 Representation Order): Print UTL Map Collection G3401 .F9 1924

1926 Census of Prairie Provinces

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1921 Census of Canada

Data files

  • Selected aggregated tables for census subdivisions and census divisions were created by the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI), available in odesi.

Geospatial Files

Published statistics

1921 Census of Newfoundland and Labrador

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1916 Census of Prairie Provinces

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1911 Census of Canada

Data files

  • Microdata file created by the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI), available in odesi and in SDA. This is a sample of 5% of all dwellings with 30 or fewer residents; with each person in a selected dwelling included.
  • Selected aggregated tables for census subdivisions and census divisions were also created by the CCRI project, available in odesi.

Geospatial Files

Published statistics

1906 (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1901 Census of Canada

Data files

  • Microdata file created by the Canadian Families Project, available in odesi and in SDA. This is a sample of 5% of individuals and families in the whole of Canada.

Published statistics

1891 Census of Canada

Data files

  • None at this time

Geospatial Files

Published statistics

1886 (Manitoba)

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1885 (North-West Territories)

Data files

  • None at this time

Published statistics

1881 Census of Canada

Data files

  • Microdata file covering the entire enumerated Canadian population, available in odesi (East, Quebec, Ontario, West and Territories) and in SDA
  • Note: MDL holds an archived copy of the data on CD-ROM: #1161

Geospatial Files

Published statistics

1871 and earlier

Data files

Published statistics

Complete censuses

Other useful publications