The 2021 Census of Agriculture is now available for Canadian farmers to complete online. Released by Statistics Canada, OFA encourages all members to participate and contribute to providing insight and data into Canadian agriculture.
Conducted every five years, the census provides a historical record on Canadian agriculture and shows trends in the industry. Regional, provincial and federal government policy advisors use Census of Agriculture data to make public policy decisions, and to help develop programs and initiatives aimed at encouraging agricultural economic development.
OFA relies on census date to make informed policy recommendations and highlight the impact the farming and food sector has on the economy.
Letters were mailed in early May to farm operators with instructions to complete the online questionnaire. Anyone who is responsible for, or knowledgeable about, the day-to-day management decisions of your farming operation can complete the census. The questions cover a variety of topics, including land use, crops, livestock, agricultural labour, machinery and equipment, land management practices, succession planning, technology, direct marketing, succession planning and farm finances.
All personal information is confidential, and Statistics Canada only releases the aggregate data. Accurate and complete information is vital to the agriculture industry. Make sure your voice is counted by completing the census today – available at https://census.gc.ca.