Residents can look forward to filling out the 2021 Census online this year, and the May 11 deadline is fast approaching.

Roughly 15 million households will receive their short or long-form census in the mail, which will come with an access code if you’d prefer to file online. About 75 percent of homes will receive the short-form, and 25 percent will find the long-form version.

Kenora MP Eric Melillo reminds residents of the importance of filling out the 23rd annual census, and notes participation is mandatory.

“It’s important to emphasize that it is the law. It’s very important information that the government’s able to use to better understand our demographics, and better understand where different supports and systems need to go. Please make sure to get it done, and know that this information is very valuable.”

The federal government says information collected by the census every five years is used by communities, businesses and governments to plan services and make decisions about employment, education, health care and more. The results won’t be released until early next year.

Further information on the 2021 Census can be found HERE.

This is the first time Canada has conducted a census during a pandemic, although, 1921’s census came just two years after the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and 1919.