Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee


A census is a survey about a population. Typically, a given country’s government will issue a census at regular intervals for all residents to fill out. Census questions are aimed at better understanding the accurate size of its population and the demographics within.

Canada conducts a census every five years (and 2021 is one of those years). The census provides critical data that guides government allocations. It also plays a key role in helping Jewish organizations plan the future of Jewish programs and services in our local and national communities.

In the 2016 census the Jewish community’s size was under-reported by a large margin, limiting the community’s ability to address our community’s our most important issues: antisemitism, poverty, security, and support for the people of Israel.

This month, one in four households will receive the long-form census with critical questions about ethnicity and religion. If you identify as Jewish, we hope that you will say so by responding “Jewish” to Question 23 (ethnicity), Question 30 (religion), or both.

The #2021census is quick, confidential, and critical to the future of our community. Be counted. To learn more visit: