January 25, 2011

Statistics Canada looking for census staff

*** If you are looking for information on census jobs for the upcoming census in 2016, click here ***

1. Are you hardworking, industrious, tactful, and capable of exercising good judgement?

2. Are you knowledgeable about your local community?

3. Do you have access to a computer, high speed internet, and printer at home?

4. Are you willing to work evenings and weekends?

5. Are you 18 years of age or older?

If you answered "yes" to all five questions, then consider applying for one of the 36,000 census jobs available with Statistics Canada, the government agency responsible for administering the 2011 Canadian Census.


For those that aren't familiar with the census, in a nutshell, it's a survey that's sent out to Canadians every 5 years. The data collected is then used by a range of individuals and organizations when conducting research on the changing face and nature of Canada.

And even with the ongoing controversy regarding the long form census, Statistics Canada will still be recruiting across Canada for thousands of supervisory and non-supervisory census jobs.

As with previous censuses, Statistics Canada will be hiring thousands of Census Enumerators and Census Crew Leaders.

Census Enumerators are responsible for a specific geographic area. They conduct personal interviews - both in-person and over the phone - to obtain completed questionnaires.

Census Enumerator jobs are available across Canada and run from April/May to August - the start and end dates will vary by assignment. And in terms of salary, the position pays $14.72/hour plus authorized expenses.

On the other hand, Census Crew Leaders are responsible for training, leading and motivating a team of 10 to 12 enumerators. They ensure that data obtained by enumerators meets quality standards and they file a number of progress reports as the census progresses. As well, they may also conduct personal interviews - both in-person and over the phone - to obtain completed questionnaires.

Census Crew Leader jobs are available across Canada and run from early March or mid-April to August - the start and end dates will vary by assignment. And the position pays $18.04/hour plus authorized expenses.

There are also census jobs available as an Early Enumerator and the Data Operations Centre is also looking for staff from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

To apply for a job with the Census 2011, complete the online application form for jobs with the Canadian census. Alternatively, you can download and complete an application form - available in either HTML or PDF format - and then mail it to:

Statistics Canada
2011 Census Field Operations (Management Services)
Jean Talon 6-D8
170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0T6

Once you have completed the application form and if you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to take part in a written test which will measure your math and map reading skills, your ability to follow instructions, and your ability to code information.

To get a sense of what the test involves, download the free sample test

If you're successful in the written test, you will then be invited for an in-person interview. And should you be successful at the interview, you will then have to pass reference and security checks in order to be offered a job.

If you have any questions during the application process, contact the Census Jobs Recruitment Line at 1 866 773 2011.

Good luck!