Graphic By This is a list of only the major requirements, there are over 80 pieces of legislation and acts that require census data for the operationalization and implementation of the act’s related programs, services, etc.



Canada Mortgage and Housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act

National Housing Act

Canada Revenue Agency

Income Tax Act

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Canadian Multiculturalism Act

Citizenship Act

Department of Justice

Youth Criminal Justice Act

Canadian Human Rights Act

Elections Canada

Canada Elections Act

Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act

Finance Canada

Funding for Diagnostic and Medical Equipment Act

Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act

Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador Additional Fiscal
Equalization Offset Payments Act (2005)

Implementation Act 2007

Budget Implementation Act 2009

Federal-provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act

Bank Act

Atlantic Accord Implementation Act

Health Canada

Canada Health Act

Food and Drug Act

Resources and Skills Development Canada

Canada Pension Plan Act

Old Age Security Act

Canada Student Loans Act

Canada Student Financial Assistance Act

Employment Equity Act

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act

Employment Insurance Act

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian Act

Industry Canada

Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act

Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council Act

Patrimoine Canadian Heritage

Official Languages Act

Canada Council for the Arts Act

Public Works and Government
Services Canada

Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act

Transport Canada

Railway Relocation and Crossing Act

Canada Transportation Act

Veterans Affairs

War Veterans Allowance Act


Hi Tracey,

Looks like you got picked up by Macleans!

I’m glad you’re using this space to raise awareness of this disaster-waiting-to-happen.

Keep up the good work.


Since Macleans is citing this as a source.

I quickly pursued a large selection of the acts mentioned above. Only two (that I could find) specifically listed using census data as part of the act, the Old Ages Security Act and the Canada Transportation Act.

May I ask on what basis you listed the acts above? (I used the public PDFs available at for my quick search).


This list was provided to me directly by Statistics Canada on March 9, 2010. These are act for which census data are provided to support programs created as part of the ope rationalization of those acts.


Thank-you for taking the time to reply. I do really appreciate it.