Ancestry.com has privately disclosed that it has released—images at least—the 1921 Canada Census. The census enumerated a population of 8.8 million Canadians, according to Ancestry.com.
“This [new] database contains images of the Sixth Census of Canada,” said Ancestry.com, “which was taken in 1921 and has just been released to the public after a 92-year privacy period.” Ancestry.com is working on a searchable, every-name index. In the meantime, you can browse the images for free. The database is available on all Ancestry.* websites, including Ancestry.com and Ancestry.ca.
Viewing the census may be free, but you will have to register for an account. In practice, I’ve found that to be a safe thing to do. Some of you remember the days long ago when Ancestry.com e-mail was so prolific it was regularly thrown away by spam filters. Those days are long gone and emails can be turned on or off in your email preferences. Click on your username at the top of the page and then Email Settings.
Once you are on the 1921 Census of Canada database page, look in the right-hand column for the box titled “Browse this collection. Select a province using the dropdown list. Then choose district and sub-district. When you select the sub-district, if you are not yet logged in, you will be given a chance to register for a free account.