But for some eager citizens, waiting one whole week for Census Day to come was too much to bear.
Not only did some people open their census letter right away, they posted it to Twitter.
Welcome back, evidence based policymaking tool. pic.twitter.com/Q7tdAFYGlo— @IdilBurale
How about a #CensusSelfie?
Canadians on Twitter were nerding out so hard about the census that the hashtag #Census2016 trended nationwide
#Census2016 is trending on Twitter. So proud to see Canadians excited to get back to reliable data for evidence based decision making.— @MartyStJean
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But even after you get your letter from Statistics Canada, one question remains. Are you one of the lucky Canadians to be picked to fill out the newly restored long-form census?
One in four randomly selected households in Canada will receive the 36-page long-form questionnaire known as the National Household Survey. For the rest, the census is a mere 10 questions long.
Awwwww, I only got the short form. #census— @EmmMacfarlane
Is all this census love a little too much?
Based on tweets in my feed, Wayne R. Smith, Chief Statistician of Canada, is Canada's Beyonce. #Census— @ALL_CAPS
Um, not quite.
Both versions of the census are mandatory. Failing to provide census information could result in a fine of up to $500, imprisonment of up to three months, or both.
For this reason, not everyone was so enthusiastic about filling out the questionnaire.
#Census2016 asked if I suffered from anxiety- considering they threatened jail time if I didn't fill out my form, I'd say yes.— @jendeclinesyou
Many people tweeting about the census noted errors on the Statistics Canada website, and most of them attributed this to high traffic volume.
It looks like so many Canadians were excited to get a proper census back that we broke the servers. We broke the servers, folks! #Census2016— @DrJayDrNo
Statistics Canada confirmed Tuesday morning that the website was down for 45 minutes because of Canadians' "enthusiasm" for the census.
StatsCan confirms to CBC News that service to census website was interrupted for 45 min. last night. Thanks Canadians for 'enthusiasm.' #hw— @CBCPolitics
Thanks Canadians for responding in such high numbers. The site was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, but we are back! https://t.co/SnxAmqTRSr— @StatCan_eng