Census Jobs: Statistics Canada

  • Location: Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Deadline: February 20, 2021

Census jobs

The census paints a portrait of Canada’s population and the places where we live. Information from the census will ensure that your community has the data it needs for planning schools, daycare, housing, hospitals, emergency services, roads, public transportation, and employment skills training.

Statistics Canada is currently hiring approximately 32,000 people for census enumerator and crew leader positions across Canada. Be part of a great undertaking and join our 2021 Census team!

Please complete only one job application. You may indicate in your application whether you are interested in a non-supervisory position (enumerator), a supervisory position (crew leader), or both.

You will be asked to list up to three previous work experiences, including a brief description of the duties performed, as well as two references who have supervised your work (paid or volunteer). Please make sure that you have this information in hand before you start completing your application.

Approximately 32,000 people will be hired across Canada to assist in census data collection activities.

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions below, we want you to come work with us!

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Are you a Canadian citizen, or otherwise eligible to work in Canada?
  • Are you flexible and available to work from 20 to 40 hours per week?

Important information

  • The majority of the work is completed in the evening and on weekends.
  • Access to reliable Internet and phone service is an asset.
  • Crew leaders work full-time hours for the duration of census collection and must be available to work 40 hours per week.

When you work for Statistics Canada, you gain valuable work experience at one of the top statistical agencies in the world.

Most census jobs involve doing the field work associated with data collection. Field positions include both supervisory and non-supervisory roles, but most census jobs are enumerator positions (non-supervisory).

  • Enumerator (non-supervisory)
  • Crew leader (supervisory)

The job start and end dates vary by position and location, but will be between March and July 2021.

Census jobs in the context of COVID-19

In the current context of COVID-19, Statistics Canada is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees at all times, including those working for the 2021 Census.

When a Statistics Canada census employee is sent in person to a dwelling for non-response follow-up, the employee will be required to wear personal safety equipment (provided by Statistics Canada) as well as maintain proper physical distancing, in accordance with guidelines from public health authorities.

Enumerator (non-supervisory)

Enumerators work part-time and schedules vary, with most of the work being in the evening and on weekends. They are paid $17.83 per hour, plus eligible expenses. In select Northern and remote communities, enumerators are paid $29.25 per hour.

As an enumerator, you will:

  • collect questionnaires from households
  • capture addresses and drop off letters inviting residents to complete their census questionnaire online
  • follow up with respondents by calling or visiting people in your area to complete a census questionnaire
  • ship completed questionnaires.

Crew leader (supervisory)

Crew leaders work full-time and schedules vary, with most of the work being in the evening and on weekends. They are paid $21.77 per hour, plus eligible expenses. In select Northern and remote communities, crew leaders are paid $31.25 per hour.

As a crew leader, you will:

  • train, lead and supervise a team of up to 18 enumerators
  • monitor the progress and productivity of your team
  • call or visit people in your area to work with them to complete a census questionnaire
  • receive and ship questionnaires and other census documents.

Be part of the team that collects the data that will shape Canada’s future!

At Statistics Canada, we care about the people whose information we collect and the quality of the information we present Canadians. The trustworthy and detail-oriented people we hire help to make us one of the top statistical agencies in the world.

In order to be hired, candidates must go through a process that involves multiple steps.

The hiring process

Step 1: Application

  • Candidates apply by completing the online recruitment application.

Step 2: Screening follow-up with candidates being considered for a position

  • We call candidates who are being considered for a position to ask follow-up questions.

Step 3: Security assessment

  • Candidates receive an email containing the “Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization” form, which they fill out and submit electronically.
  • Candidates undergo a criminal record check and a credit check.
  • We contact two references (work or volunteer) to see if the candidates are a good fit for the job.

Step 4: Interview (crew leader candidates only)

  • Candidates who applied for a crew leader position and have been screened in are interviewed.

Step 5: Qualification

  • Candidates who successfully completed all the previous steps are included in a pool of qualified candidates and may be offered a position.


In areas with large numbers of applicants, it may not be possible to contact everyone. Only candidates being considered for a position proceed to the next step in the hiring process.

The interview (crew leader candidates only)

Crew leader candidates are interviewed via videoconference or telephone to further assess their suitability for work with the 2021 Census. This step applies to supervisory positions only.

Candidates should be prepared to:

  • discuss their background and experience in relation to the crew leader position
  • demonstrate knowledge of their local community and area.

Candidates for the crew leader position must have proven leadership skills and be knowledgeable about their community/area.

The security screening

All people working for Statistics Canada must agree to security screening. The process includes:

  • verifying previous employment
  • verifying references
  • conducting a criminal record check and a credit check.

Jobs are only offered after successful completion of the security screening.

Census On-line Recruitment Application