The 2021 Census of Agriculture and beef farming in Canada


Source: Statistics Canada

In May 2021, farm operators will be asked to complete the 2021 Census of Agriculture questionnaire to help update Canada’s agricultural profile.

Data from the census will provide farm operators, farm organizations, policy makers, stakeholders and citizens with relevant information about the Canadian agricultural sector, and will help them make informed decisions regarding agricultural investments and practices in Canada.


The participation of beef farm operators in the Census of Agriculture is an important factor in obtaining new information at the local and national levels.

Accurate statistics give farm operators an understanding of past and present agricultural sector information and allow for well-informed responses to future farming challenges.

Policy makers

The Census of Agriculture is the backbone of Canada’s agricultural statistics program. It identifies trends, opportunities and challenges within the agricultural sector. Questions cover topics such as land use, crops, livestock, agricultural labour, machinery and equipment, land management practices, and farm finances. The breadth and depth of the census content makes it the most definitive source of information on the agricultural sector. It provides a rich source of data on the realities of farming life in Canada.

Farm operators

In early May, farm operators will receive a letter with easy-to-follow instructions on how to complete the Census of Agriculture questionnaire online. This user-friendly option will save time by automatically adding totals and limiting the questions to those that apply to the operation. All agricultural operations in Canada are legally required to complete the census questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act. The questionnaire can be completed by anyone who is responsible for, or knowledgeable about, the day-to-day management decisions of the farming operation. The information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes as mandated by the same act.

This May, complete the Census of Agriculture questionnaire and be heard amongst Canada’s beef farmers!

Quick beef farming facts from the 2016 Census of Agriculture

For more information, please visit Statistics Canada—Census of Agriculture.


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