- Excellent response rates — most successful on record (http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/ref/response-rates-eng.cfm) for both the short and long form —> high quality data. This includes First Nations community data, which means that data will be released for the vast majority of participating reserves.
- Linking income tax to short-form respondents will produce high-quality income information. Income data will be released earlier in the release schedule than in the past.
- Data for Fort McMurry collected later (August). This will be noted in the documentation.
- High quality 2016 data will improve the survey frame for Statistics Canada surveys. Will improve record linkage opportunities.
- Dates of major releases: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/ref/release-dates-diffusion-eng.cfm (Feb 8, 2017 to November 29, 2017). (This will be the quickest release schedule ever.) Note that these dates indicate when you can expect to see data added to the Census Profiles on the Statistics Canada Census Program site and to the Canadian Census Analyser @ CHASS.
- Product and service lines will be similar to 2011, but will be modernizing some products. Important will be an online version of GeoSuite (http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/geo/ref/geosuite-eng.cfm). An important feature of GeoSuite is the ability to download population and dwelling counts for ALL levels of geography, including dissemination blocks (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/92-195-x/2011001/geo/db-id/db-id-eng.htm).
- Review and standardization of variables, subsets, definitions, and classifications to improve consistency.
- Addition of a new level of geography — Aggregate Dissemination Area (ADA) — to "ensure the availability of census data, where possible, across all regions of Canada": http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/geo/ADA/adainfo-eng.cfm and http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/ref/dict/geo053-eng.cfm
- Will continue to produce and publish global non-response rates (GNRs) for all levels of geography. Description of global non-response rates in 2011 NHS documentation: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/ref/nhs-enm_guide/guide_5-eng.cfm#A_6_3.
- Correspondence files out already: http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/geo/ref/cor-eng.cfm.
2016 Census microdata release dates:
- 2016 Census Long Form Census RDC File: April 30, 2018 — See http://library.unbc.ca/collections/data-statistics/rdc for information on how to apply to analyse this master file data.
- 2016 Census Individuals public use microdata file (PUMF): December 18, 2018
- 2016 Census Hierarchical public use microdata file (PUMF): June 18, 2019
Note: PUMFs are microdata files created from the master file whereby certain variables have been suppressed or aggregated to protect confidentiality. Researchers must apply to analyse the master file when the PUMF does not contain the variables necessary to meet their research needs.