The 1921 Canadian Census

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The 1921 Census for Canada

The 1921 Census for Canada was taken on 1st June 1921.

It has been transcribed and you can access it in Ancestry and also for free at Library and Archives Canada.

This census of Canada covered the nine provinces and two territories of Canada as of 1921: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, the Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories.

The census provides many details about individuals and families including:

  • name
  • address
  • relationship to head of household
  • gender
  • marital status
  • age at last birthday
  • age
  • birthplace of self, father and mother
  • year of immigration
  • nationality
  • race, language and religion
  • education
  • occupation
The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1921 Census form.

Canada's population in 1921 was tallied at 8,788,483. This represented a 21.95% increase over 1911, which was not as high as expected. Origins of the population according to the census: 55.4% British (4,868,903), 27.9% French (2,452,751); next highest was German at 3.35% (294,636). Immigrants in 1921: 148,477, of whom 75,673 were from the UK and 48,059 from the USA. Next highest nationalities were Polish and Italian.

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