Census 2021: Counting all Children who Have the Right to a Francophone Education

Article from Parenthèse published on 13 May 2021, in the Transmission of French Language category.

New questions about language will help to determine exactly how many young people in this country have the right to receive their education in French.

May 11 is Census Day in Canada. Did you know that the census questionnaire includes new questions about the languages that you know and use?

Language data collected through the census has an impact on our daily lives. Governments, municipalities, and organizations use it to plan where and how to provide a variety of services, including French-language schools.


Are you a Francophone?

The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada (FCFA) has prepared a fact sheet that provides a quick overview of the census's language questions and their purpose.

Share this page with the people you know who will respond to the census:



For English-speaking people living in bilingual families

For an English-speaking partner, and for other English-speaking people, the importance of the census to English/French bilingual families can be understood by reviewing the information in the English-language fact sheet: https://fcfa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/For-English-speaking-parents.pdf


What questions will I be asked in the census about the languages that I speak?

Whether you have received the short or long questionnaire, the information page prepared by the FCFA will provide you with answers to any questions you might have about the census.

Visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” section: https://fcfa.ca/recensement.