The Consultation Process

Statistics Canada has begun preparations for the 2021 Census of Agriculture. As a first step, Statistics Canada asks data users and other interested parties across Canada to share their views on how they use Census of Agriculture data and the type of information they believe should be collected. The goal of the 2021 consultation process is to confirm information needs, identify data gaps, understand potential emerging agricultural issues, and establish data priorities while balancing respondent burden and cost.

How to get involved

If you wish to be involved in providing information for consideration for the 2021 Census of Agriculture, please contact us by email by August 1st, 2017 at

You will then receive further information on the consultation process and be provided with a discussion questionnaire containing several proposed changes for 2021 and a submission form for your comments to complete by mid-October 2017.

Consultation workshops will be conducted across Canada beginning the week of September 11th, 2017. During the week of September 18th, 2017, Statistics Canada will also be hosting Webinar sessions that you can join by teleconference or WebEx.

While participation in the consultation process is voluntary, the information you provide will help Statistics Canada to meet data needs and take into consideration emerging social and economic issues related to the agriculture sector. Your input will be carefully reviewed and will assist in determining content for the 2021 Census of Agriculture.

Statistics Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of consultation participants. All personal information created, held or collected by the Agency is protected by the Privacy Act. For more information on Statistics Canada’s privacy policies, please consult the Privacy notice.

Anonymized comments collected during the consultation process may be published in the 2021 Census of Agriculture Content Consultation Report available on the Statistics Canada website in fall 2019.

Data users who have participated in the past by attending a workshop or submitting a written proposal include:

  • agricultural associations and producer groups
  • agribusiness
  • all levels of government
  • consultants and researchers
  • academics
  • special interest groups

Please note also that Statistics Canada will be presenting an overview of the 2021 consultation process during a half-hour Webinar (WebEx presentation) Tuesday July 11th, 2017 (1:00PM EST in English, 2:00PM EST in French). You are encouraged to join us by teleconference and WebEx.

To connect to this presentation:

Login to WebEx –

  1. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  2. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Agriculture
  3. Click “Join”.

Teleconference –
Toll-free Dial-in number: 1-877-413-4788
Local Dial-in number:  1-613-960-7513
Conference ID: 993 380 2

Statistics Canada would appreciate your help in forwarding this invitation to the appropriate persons in your organization who may wish to participate in the process of identifying data requirements and provide content suggestions. We invite you and members of your organization to participate to the 2021 consultation process and look forward to hearing from you.

Allison Nelson,
on behalf of the 2021 Census of Agriculture Content Determination Team.


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