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Census and Household Surveys Field [multiple media] 

Series consists of


1825-1981, microfilmed [1950-1959]

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

279.7 m of textual records
527 microfilm reels
ca. 96,878 maps
10 microfilm reels : cartographic material negative, maps 35mm.
1 atlas : (53 leaves)
3 videocassettes (21 min, 52 s)
1 audio cassette (10 min)

Scope and content

Series consists of records relating to census returns from 1825 to 1911, and a collection of census forms, registers and instructions, microfilm, and maps from various years between 1847 and 1981. Records include federal and provincial electoral district plans and enumeration area number maps based on the 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1966, 1971, 1976, and 1981 census; an atlas factice of sample Alberta townships; as well as an undated map titled "C.E. Belle, Commissaire. Hochelaga", of Montreal Parish pertaining to the 1861 census returns. Audio-visual material comprises moving images and sound recordings related to public relations for the 1986 Census. Included are television commercials and instructional material in both English and French.

Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
Textual records: microform
90: Open
Cartographic material
90NA: Open but not available
Moving images (video)
90: Open
Sound recordings
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
2004-0129 VSA

Terms of use

Crown Copyright. Credit: Library and Archives Canada.

Finding aids are available. See lower level descriptions or consult ArchiviaNet. 96 (Other)

Biography / Administrative history

With the creation of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in 1918, a Demography Division was formed, of which the `Census Unit' - responsible for the taking of the census - was part. By 1953, the Demography Division had been renamed the Census Division, and was responsible for all aspects of the census, including the planning, taking, compiling and publication of the results. The name was changed in 1973 from the Census Division to the Census Branch, and later the same year the Census Field. By 1978, the Field became `Census and Household Surveys', responsible for the measurement of the attributes, behaviour and attitudes of individuals, households and families, particularly demographic and socio-economic attributes. This responsibility also included estimating and projecting basic demographic dimensions of the Canadian population. RG 31 General Inventory; Statistics Canada Annual Reports; David A Worton, The Dominion Bureau of Statistics: A history of Canada's Central Statistics Office and its antecedents, 1841-1972".

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the series.

Further accruals are expected.

Formatted contents note
The federal and provincial electoral district plans based on the 1951 census include electoral districts for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, also maps for the various provinces for the federal electoral districts under the representation act, 1952 and some census maps for 1961 and 1971. ca. 87,829 maps of electoral districts and enumeration area number maps for the 1941, 1946, 1956, 1966 and 1971 census which include: an estimated 79,000 maps identified by electoral district and enumeration area number; ca. 3200 compilation sheets identified by district and enumberation area number for the 1971 census; an estimated 5500 maps of electoral districts for the 1956 through 1971 census; an estimated 100 land maps identified by electoral district and enumeration area for the 1941 and 1946 census. Also includes 19 maps of the 1977 census test sites in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. The enumerator area series of maps resulting from the 1971 census include Group 1, basic coverage, microfilm reels 35000 to 35004, Series G-71-12, G-71-13 and G-71-14; Group 1, single census tracts (urban centres) reels 35100 to 35103; Group 3, single enumeration areas, microfilm reels 35200 to 35003. There are some 5000 maps prepared or used by Statistics Canada relating to the 1976 census. The 1981 census maps consist of compilation maps arranged by federal electoral district: 10001 Bonavista-Trinity-Conception, Nfld. to 61001 Nunatsinq, N.W.T.


Related control no.

1. 76/013
2. 79/001
3. 1984-85/557 GAD
4. 2004-0129 VSA
5. 91-199 OFRC
6. 92-0628 OFRC
7. 2004-00577-7
8. 2005-00711-0
9. RG31-C