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  • 2021 Population Census Roving Exhibition
    Published date: 11 May 2021
    • To raise public awareness of the 2021 Population Census and encourage the use of the online questionnaire, the Census and Statistics Department is holding a roving exhibition from May to July in various shopping arcades around Hong Kong. The exhibition will be held in seven shopping arcades. The exhibition is holding from 11am to 9pm. Admission is free and souvenirs will be distributed to game participants. Details of the roving exhibition are as follows:


      Date Venue
      May 8 and 9 2/F, Kai Tin Shopping Centre, Lam Tin
      May 15 and 16 G/F Atrium, Yuen Long Plaza, Yuen Long
      May 22 and 23 Stars Atrium, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill
      June 5 and 6 Covered Piazza, Times Square, Causeway Bay
      June 12 and 13 G/F, TKO Spot, Tseung Kwan O
      June 19 and 20 G/F, Oi Tung Shopping Centre, Shau Kei Wan
      June 26 and 27 L1 of DPark, Tsuen Wan
  • Second phase of recruitment of temporary field workers for 2021 Population Census begins
    Published date: 6 January 2021
    • The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) is recruiting temporary field workers (TFWs) to support the data collection work for the 2021 Population Census which will run from June 23 to August 4, 2021. Permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region who can meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply through the “Online Job Application System for the 2021 Population Census” starting from today until 8 February 2021 (12:00 n.n.). Priority will be given to applicants who are being unemployed at the time of application.

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  • 2021 Population Census Poster Design Competition and Mobile Messaging Application Sticker Design Competition invite entries
    Published date: 4 December 2020
    • The 2021 Population Census Poster Design Competition for Primary School Students and Mobile Messaging Application Sticker Design Competition for Secondary School Students are now open for entries. Students in primary and secondary schools are invited to participate.

      A spokesman for the Census and Statistics Department said today (December 4), "The 2021 Population Census will be conducted from June to August next year. The competitions aim to raise public awareness of the 2021 Population Census and to encourage the use of online questionnaires."

      There are two divisions for the Poster Design Competition (Junior Primary and Senior Primary) and two divisions for the Mobile Messaging Application Sticker Design Competition (Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary). Entrants may enter as an individual or as part of a team.

      In each division there will be a champion, a first runner-up, a second runner-up and three distinguished prizes. In addition, the judging panel will select finalist entries from each division for online voting by the public in February 2021 tentatively. The poster and the mobile messaging application sticker with the highest number of votes respectively will each be awarded a Most Liked Award. The primary and secondary schools with the highest number of participants will each receive a Most Supportive School Award.

      Entrants should submit their entries through their schools and the deadline for submission is January 31, 2021. Entries should be submitted together with completed and signed application forms, either by mail to "2021 Population Census Office, 39/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, HK" or through e-mail to census2021@censtatd.gov.hk. Please mark "2021 Population Census Poster Design Competition for Primary School Students" or "2021 Population Census Mobile Messaging Application Sticker Design Competition for Secondary School Students" on the envelope or the subject line of the e-mail.

      Details of the competitions and other reference materials about the online questionnaires are available on the thematic website of the 2021 Population Census (www.census2021.gov.hk/s_c.html). For enquiries, please call 3428 2592 during office hours (8.45 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday, except public holidays).

      The competitions' results will be announced at the award presentation ceremony in May 2021.

  • Recruitment of temporary field workers for 2021 Population Census underway
    Published date: 30 November 2020
    • The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) is recruiting about 13 800 temporary field workers (TFWs) to support the data collection work for the 2021 Population Census which will run from June 23 to August 4, 2021. In-service teachers and teaching assistants of local primary and secondary schools, and students of full-time locally-accredited degree and sub-degree programmes can apply through the “Online Job Application System for the 2021 Population Census” (jobs.census2021.gov.hk/) now.

      A spokesman for the C&SD today (November 30) said, "Population censuses are conducted in Hong Kong once every decade to obtain up-to-date benchmark information on the socio-economic characteristics of the population as well as its detailed geographical distribution. Through joining the census workforce, teachers and students can learn more about our society and help build a better Hong Kong by participating in this meaningful project."

      The C&SD will provide training to the TFWs before they are deployed for on-site fieldwork or operational support. Most of them will be assigned to visit households who have not yet completed their questionnaires through online or other means to collect from them the requested information from mid-July next year. Some TFWs will be deployed to work at Census Service Centres from mid-June next year to answer telephone enquiries and conduct telephone interviews. In light of the evolving situation of COVID-19, the C&SD will adopt contingency measures to reduce social contact.

      Applicants must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment. They should possess a mature personality with the ability to work independently. Owing to the nature of the work, applicants should have good command of written Chinese or English, be able to read both Chinese and English and be fluent in Cantonese and English.

      Applications should be submitted before 6 pm on December 31, 2020. Details of the TFW posts, honoraria and target candidates are given in the Annex.

      For enquiries about the recruitment, please call the 2021 Population Census Office at 3428 2516 or send an email to 21c_jobs@censtatd.gov.hk.

      More details about the 2021 Population Census, recruitment procedures and latest arrangements are available at its thematic website: www.census2021.gov.hk/tfw.html.

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  • 2021 Population Census to be conducted between June and August next year
    Published date: 16 October 2020
    • The Census and Statistics (2021 Population Census) Order was published in the Gazette today (October 16) to enable the conduct of a population census from June 23 to August 4, 2021.

      The Order was made by the Chief Executive in Council under Section 9 of the Census and Statistics Ordinance (Cap 316). Apart from the dates for conducting the 2021 Population Census, the Order specifies also the purpose of the Census, the persons, premises and vessels in respect of which particulars are to be obtained, the persons who are required to give the requisite information, and the deadline for destroying the completed questionnaires. A schedule specifying the matters in respect of which respondents are required to give particulars is included in the Order.

      A Government spokesman said, "It is an established practice in Hong Kong to conduct a population census every 10 years. The purpose is to obtain up-to-date benchmark information on the socio-economic characteristics of the population and on its geographical distribution. Such information is a useful reference to the Government for planning and policy formulation, and the private sector and academia for business and research purposes."

      The spokesman added, "Households are encouraged to participate in the Census by means of online questionnaires starting from June 23, 2021. Completing the online questionnaire is convenient and secure. Households can submit the requested information anytime and anywhere through the dedicated and secure website using computers or mobile devices."

      Households may also choose to provide the requested information by telephone interview or postal return (applicable to "Short Form" questionnaires only). In addition, from July 18 to August 4, 2021, census officers of the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) will visit households who have not yet completed their questionnaires to collect the requested information. In light of the evolving situation of COVID-19, the C&SD will adopt contingency measures to reduce social contact.

      "The C&SD will implement strict procedures to protect the privacy of all data collected during the Census on individual persons and households and will only release statistics which will not reveal the identity of the individuals involved," the spokesman said. All completed questionnaires, in both paper and electronic forms, will be destroyed on or before June 22, 2022.

      The C&SD will conduct further publicity on the detailed arrangements for the Census after the completion of the legislative procedure for the commencement of the Order.

      The Order will be tabled at the Legislative Council for negative vetting next Wednesday (October 21).

  • Census and Statistics Department appeals to households to respond to statistical surveys through online and telephone means
    Published date: 28 July 2020
    • In view of the severity of COVID-19 epidemic, a spokesman for the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) today (July 28) appealed to households again to participate in its surveys, including the Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census and the General Household Survey, by online questionnaire or telephone interview in order to reduce face-to-face contacts.

      The C&SD is conducting the Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census from June 23 to August 4 to test the questionnaire design and operational arrangements for the 2021 Population Census to be conducted in mid-2021. The spokesman said, "Completing the online questionnaire is convenient and secure. It enables households to submit the requested information anytime and anywhere through the dedicated and secured website using their computers or mobile devices."

      The GHS is conducted continuously on a monthly basis to collect information on the labour force, employment, unemployment and underemployment, as well as the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population in Hong Kong.

      Households sampled for a C&SD survey will receive notification letters issued by the department. Households can follow the instructions in the letters to complete the online questionnaire, call the C&SD for telephone interview or return the completed paper questionnaire by post (where applicable).

      For enquiries, please contact the C&SD by telephone or email:

      Survey Telephone number Email address
      Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census 182021 census2021@censtatd.gov.hk
      General Household Survey 2887 5526 household-survey@censtatd.gov.hk
      2019/20 Household Expenditure Survey 3188 2107 hesurvey@censtatd.gov.hk
  • Census and Statistics Department appeals to households to respond to statistical surveys through online and telephone means
    Published date: 19 July 2020
    • To align with the announcement by the Government today (July 19) to provide emergency services and essential public services starting from tomorrow (July 20) in order to significantly reduce the flow of people and social contacts to stop COVID-19 from further spreading in the community, a spokesman for the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) today appealed to households to participate in its surveys, including the Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census, by online questionnaire or telephone interview in order to reduce face-to-face contacts.

      C&SD is conducting the Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census from June 23 to August 4 to test the questionnaire design and operational arrangements for the 2021 Population Census to be conducted in mid-2021. The spokesman said, "Completing the online questionnaire is convenient and secure. It enables households to submit the requested information anytime and anywhere through the dedicated and secured website using their computers or mobile devices."

      Households sampled for a C&SD survey will receive notification letters issued by the department. Households can follow the instructions in the letters to complete the online questionnaire, call the C&SD for telephone interview or return the completed paper questionnaire by post (where applicable).

      For enquiries, please contact C&SD by telephone or email:

      Survey Telephone number Email address
      Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census 182021 census2021@censtatd.gov.hk
      General Household Survey 2887 5526 household-survey@censtatd.gov.hk
      2019/20 Household Expenditure Survey 3188 2107 hesurvey@censtatd.gov.hk
  • Census and Statistics Department appeals to households to support Pilot Survey for 2021 Population Census
    Published date: 17 July 2020
    • The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) is conducting a pilot survey from June 23 to August 4 to test the questionnaire design and operational arrangements for the 2021 Population Census to be conducted in mid-2021.

      A spokesman for C&SD today (July 17) appealed to households to participate in the pilot survey by means of online questionnaires, telephone interviews or paper questionnaires in order to reduce face-to-face contact, given the emergence of a number of local cases of COVID-19 recently. The spokesman added, “Completing the online questionnaire is convenient and secure. It enables households to submit the requested information anytime and anywhere through the dedicated and secured website using their computers or mobile devices.”

      Starting from tomorrow (July 18), the C&SD’s census officers will visit households who have not completed the survey to collect the requested information by mobile tablets. Each census officer will carry a staff identity card and a certificate issued by the C&SD for conducting the survey. The staff identity card will bear the photo, name and identity number of the census officer concerned. The census officer will also carry a red satchel printed with the logo of the C&SD and the label “Pilot Survey for the 2021 Population Census”. Census officers will, in general, visit households from 1pm to 10pm on any day (including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) during the survey period.

      The spokesman reminded households to carefully check the identity of census officers before allowing them to enter their premises for interview. In case of doubt, households may call the Census Service Centre hotline at 182021. The spokesman appealed to households to support the survey by co-operating with census officers.

      The pilot survey covers some 40 000 quarters in four selected District Council districts, namely Wan Chai, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing and Sha Tin. Letters were sent out to households in the sampled quarters earlier inviting them to participate in the pilot survey.

      The spokesman reiterated that information collected in the pilot survey regarding individuals and households will be kept in strict confidence and will not be released to any unauthorised parties including government departments. All questionnaires will be destroyed within 12 months after the completion of the survey.

      It is an established practice for Hong Kong to conduct a population census every 10 years. The next population census will be conducted in 2021. The aim is to obtain up-to-date benchmark information on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the Hong Kong population and its geographical distribution. Such information is vital to the Government for planning and policy formulation, and to the private sector and academia for business and research purposes.

      For more details about the Pilot Survey for the 2021 Population Census, please visit www.census2021.gov.hk.

  • Pilot survey for 2021 Population Census commences today
    Published date: 23 June 2020
    • The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) commenced a pilot survey today (June 23) until August 4 to test the questionnaire design and operational arrangements for the 2021 Population Census to be conducted in mid-2021.

      A spokesman for the C&SD said, “The population census is a large-scale and important statistical exercise. The pilot survey aims to test various aspects of the operation in advance so that any necessary enhancements can be introduced in good time before the census operation in 2021.”

      To fit in with the modern lifestyle of Hong Kong people, the pilot survey adopts a multi-modal data collection approach. Households of the selected quarters may provide the requested information by completing an online questionnaire (www.census2021.gov.hk) or calling the Census Service Centre hotline at 182021 for a telephone interview. Alternatively, households who have received a paper questionnaire may return the completed questionnaire by post.

      In light of the evolving situation of COVID-19, the spokesman appealed to households to participate in the pilot survey by means of online questionnaires, telephone interviews or paper questionnaires in order to reduce face-to-face contact. The spokesman added, “Completing the online questionnaire is convenient and secure. It enables households to submit the requested information anytime and anywhere through the dedicated and secured website using their computers or mobile devices.”

      The pilot survey covers some 40 000 quarters in four selected District Council districts, namely Wan Chai, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing and Sha Tin. All households and people staying in the selected quarters will be enumerated. About nine-tenths of the sampled quarters are subject to simple enumeration to provide basic demographic information through a “Short Form” questionnaire, while the remaining one-tenth are invited to complete a “Long Form” questionnaire about detailed socio-economic characteristics. Letters informing households in these sampled quarters are being sent out starting today.

      From July 18 to August 4, census officers of the C&SD will visit households who have not completed the survey to collect the requested information by mobile tablets. Each census officer will carry a staff identity card and a certificate issued by the C&SD for conducting the survey. Households are reminded to check carefully the identity of census officers before allowing them to enter their premises for interview. In case of doubt, households may call the Census Service Centre hotline at 182021.

      The spokesman reiterated that information collected in the pilot survey regarding individuals and households will be kept in strict confidence and will not be released to any unauthorised parties, including government departments. All questionnaires will be destroyed within 12 months after the survey has been completed.

      It is an established practice for Hong Kong to conduct a population census every 10 years. The next population census will be conducted in 2021. The aim is to obtain up-to-date benchmark information on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the Hong Kong population and its geographical distribution. Such information is vital to the Government for planning and policy formulation, and to the private sector and academia for business and research purposes.

      For more details about the Pilot Survey for the 2021 Population Census, please visit www.census2021.gov.hk.

  • Small-scale Test Survey of the 2021 Population Census
    Published date: 28 October 2019
    • The Census and Statistics Department will conduct a small-scale test survey from November 1 to December 4, 2019 to test the questionnaire design and operational arrangements of the 2021 Population Census and consult the views of households on the related arrangements.

      Following the established practice of conducting a population census every 10 years, Hong Kong will conduct a population census in 2021. The aim is to obtain up-to-date benchmark information on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population and on its geographical distribution. Such information is vital to the Government for planning and policy formulation. It is also important to the private sector and academia for business and research purposes.

      A sample of some 3 000 quarters has been selected for the small-scale test survey. All households and persons living in the selected quarters will be enumerated. Some households will participate in a detailed enquiry on demographic and socio-economic characteristics and the others will be asked to provide some basic demographic information only. Households will also be invited to provide opinions on the questionnaire design and the census operation.

      Households selected for the survey may provide the requested information by self-enumeration through online questionnaire and paper questionnaire (for households asked to provide basic information only). If the Census and Statistics Department does not receive the questionnaires by November 15, census officers will visit the households concerned to collect the requested information. Each census officer will carry a staff identity card and an authorisation certificate for the survey. Households are reminded to check carefully the identity of the census officers before allowing them to enter their premises.

      The survey is conducted under Part IIIA of the Census and Statistics Ordinance (Chapter 316). In accordance with this Ordinance, information collected in the survey regarding individual persons and households will be kept in strict confidence and will not be released to any unauthorised parties, including government departments.

      Households that have queries about this survey or the identity of the census officers may contact the Census and Statistics Department at 3615 1143.