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1921 Canada Census Questions

The official enumeration date was June 1, 1921, and the enumerators were instructed to record the information as it existed on that date although the actual enumeration of the population took longer than a single day.


Column Question
Numbered in the order of visitation (1-2)
1 Dwelling
2 Family, household, or institution
Name and Residence (3-5)
3 Name of each person in family, household, or institution
Place of Abode (4-5)
(In rural localities give parish, section, township, range and meridian. In cities, towns and villages, give street and number of dwelling)
4 Parish or township
5 Municipality
Tenure and Class of House (6-10)
6 House owned or rented
7 If rented, give rent paid per month
8 Class of house (see instructions)
9 Materials of construction (see instructions)
10 Rooms occupied by this family
Personal Description (11-14)
11 Relationship to head of family or household
12 Sex
13 Single, married, widowed, divorced or legally separated
14 Age at last birthday
Nationality (15-17)
Country or place of birth of this person and parents of this person. If born in Canada, give province. If Foreign born give Country (See instructions)
15 Person
16 Father
17 Mother
Citizenship (18-20)
18 Year of immigration to Canada
19 Year of naturalization
20 Nationality (Country to which this person owes allegiance)
Race, Language and Religion (21-25)
21 Racial or tribal origin
22 Can speak English
23 Can speak French
24 Languages other than English or French spoken as Mother tongue
25 Religious body, Denomination, or Community to which this person adheres or belongs
Education (26-28)
26 Can read
27 Can write
28 Months in school since Sept 1, 1920
Profession, Occupation and Employment (29-35)
29 Chief occupation or trade (Be specific, give as definite information as possible)
30 Employer "E", Employee "W", or Working on own accord "O.A."
31 "a" If Employer" state principal product
"b" If Employee" state where employed as "farm", "cotton mill", "foundry", "grocery", etc.
"c" If on "own accord" state nature of work.
32 Total earnings in past 12 months (Since June 1, 1920)
33 If an employee, were you out of work June first 1921
34 Number of weeks unemployed in the past 12 months (Since June 1, 1920)
35 Number of weeks unemployed since June 1, 1920 because of illness

The 1921 Canada census includes nine provinces along with the territories in the north. Newfoundland was not counted since it was a British colony and did not join Canada until 1949.

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