The national census is happening on Sunday 21 March 2021.
The census happens every 10 years, and is a snapshot of the whole population. It allows the government to plan where it needs to spend its money. The census is how the government actually finds out about the people living in the country.
For example, if an area has a population that is increasing, then the government (at all levels) needs to plan for more schools, more housing, etc for that area. Or if an area has an aging population, then they may decide that the area needs improved care services.
We strongly urge all people to fill out the census – it means that you are more likely to get the services that you need. All responses are confidential and protected by law so you can’t be identified.
This year it will be done online mostly. You should be receiving a letter from the government with instructions and an access code.