Organization: Canada Post
Products: Poster, Stamps, Envelopes
Year: 1971

Designer: Hans Kleefeld

Product copy

One hundred years of measured progress

1st June 1971

Canada Post Office commemorates the 100th Anniversary of national census taking which will in 1971 be the most comprehensive peace-time operation of its kind the country has ever experienced.

The original constitutional purpose of census taking in Canada was to provide information on which electoral representation is determined. Although this function is still of paramount importance, the census is also the principal source of statistical information for the measurement of social and economic progress and needs.

The first day of sale for the Census stamp is 1st June 1971.

Collectors may order their stamps at face value through:

Philatelic Service
Canada Post Office
Ottawa, Ontario

First Day Cover: June 1, 1971

This stamp commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Canada’s Census Act.

Canada’s national census is conducted every ten years by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Its original constitutional purpose was, and still is today, to provide information from which electoral representation is determined.

At an estimated cost of $35 million, and with the recruitment of some 48,000 temporary workers, the 1971 census promises to be the biggest peace-time operation of its kind this country has ever experienced.

In the 1971 census, Canadians will become more personally involved than before because they will be completing the questionnaire themselves.

Stamp design

Design of the stamp by Hans Kleefeld shows a strip of computer tape (left) and two spools at rest (right), each having three stylized human silhouettes, representing the number 100 for the centenary.


The physical version of this product is part of the federal identity archive.

Library and Archives Canada, for the First Day Cover images (item numbers: 3632681, 2226499).