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Launch of "Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1916"

Ottawa, December 16, 2010 Library and Archives Canada is pleased to make the 1916 census of the Prairie provinces available online.

In order to track the high rates of population growth in western Canada during the early years of the 20th century, the Canadian government called for a special census of the Prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta). The first census was conducted in 1906, followed by another in 1916.

Access to the digitized images of the 1916 census is available online in two different ways:

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The contributions of many Library and Archives Canada staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated. For more information, please contact