How do you find a record of the 1921 Canadian census?


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Ancestry.ca published the 1921 Canadian Census in 2013. As of 2015, it is still available to the public for free on the website, which is the only resource aside from the Library and Archives Canada that offers the 1921 Census records.

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To view the 1921 Canadian Census on Ancestry.ca, hover over the Search tab on the top navigation bar, and select Census & Voter Lists from the drop-down menu. In the section titled Featured Data Collections located in the right column, select 1921 Census of Canada. Users have the option of performing a search on a particular person using a name, birth year, location, marital status or any other keywords. To browse through the collection, navigate to the right column, and view records according to province, district or sub-district.

The 1921 Canadian Census is the sixth Canadian census since the confederation in 1867. The virtual database consists of an index pertaining to individuals enumerated in the 1921 Canada Census. Between 1911 and 1921, Canada experienced a 22 percent population increase caused by European immigration during World War I. The release of the 1921 Canadian Census in 2013 occurred after a 92-year waiting period. The census could not be released earlier to protect the privacy of those enumerated during that period.

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