CensusPlus and DemoStats


The 2021 CensusPlus database includes more than 750 popular variables, based on data collected by Statistics Canada during the 2021 Census. This database is enhanced by our modelers to fill in missing values where data are suppressed by Statistics Canada and to correct for random rounding while maintaining a close relationship to the original census. This work ensures that there are no missing values in CensusPlus and the variables add up within thematic categories and across all levels of geography. CensusPlus offers a snapshot of Canadians in 2021; it does not include any projections.

CensusPlus is a core input into our DemoStats product and while CensusPlus may not be licensed by your organization, it is important to understand how these elements work together to produce DemoStats.

New for 2021, the Census introduced the concept of gender and makes the distinction between sex at birth and gender. With this, you will see the introduction of the terms Male+ and Female+ within the CensusPlus variable descriptions. Male+ includes cisgender and transgender men while Female+ includes cisgender and transgender women. Due to the small size of the non-binary population, non-binary persons are distributed over these two categories to maintain confidentiality.



The DemoStats database consists of current-year estimates for more than 750 variables and includes demographic projections for approximately 500 of them for three, five, and 10 years into the future. This proprietary database is created using innovative methods that combine econometric, demographic, and geographic models. As a result of our comprehensive methodology, DemoStats variables are available at the postal code level for current-year estimates and at the dissemination area level for future-year projections. The database also provides historical estimates from five years ago, based on the same methodologies to ensure accurate trend analysis.

Below you will find a short video that covers product details, sources, methodology, applications, and key questions about DemoStats and CensusPlus. Watching this video will provide you with an overview of these products and give you some ideas for how they can be used in your work.

Following the video, some additional resources are linked for your reference: release notes, variables list, metadata, and technical documents.

How-to-Read ENVISION Reports

DemoStats - Trends Report - Demographics
DemoStats - Executive Customer Report - Demographics
DemoStats - Executive Trade Area Report - Demographics
DemoStats - Executive Target Group Report - Demographics

Additional Resources

Within our DemoStats product, we provide DemoStats current year and DemoStats Trends, which provides a 5-year look-back, and 3-, 5-, and 10-year projections into the future.


CensusPlus Release Notes 2016
CensusPlus Variables List 2016
CensusPlus Metadata 2016
CensusPlus Technical Document 2016

CensusPlus Release Notes 2021
CensusPlus Variables List 2021
CensusPlus Metadata 2021


DemoStats Release Notes
DemoStats Variables List
DemoStats Metadata

DemoStats Trends Release Notes
DemoStats Trends Variables List
DemoStats Trends Metadata

DemoStats Technical Document


Common Data Definitions from Statistics Canada

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