Not Just Numbers: Representation in the Canadian Census™ is an interactive game that challenges participants to engage with and reflect on categorization and representation in historic records. Participants discover the story of a historical Canadian by sifting through census entries, photographs, letters, and newspaper articles, and are encouraged to challenge their assumptions along the way.

The museum first developed Not Just Numbers in 2017 for Canada 150 and Ontario 150, producing a public program that toured Canada, holding events at the Toronto Reference Library, the Global Centre for Pluralism, the Kingston-Frontenac Public Library and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. 

Thanks to the generous support of the MacFeeters Family Fund at the Toronto Foundation, we are proud to introduce the Educator’s Edition of Not Just Numbers. Now teachers across Canada can use Not Just Numbers in their classroom to open critical discussions about history, identity, and memory. 



Date: 23 August 2017

Time: 6-8pm


Bloor Gladstone Branch, Toronto Public Library

1101 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M7

Closest transit: One block east of Dufferin subway station

Closest major intersection: Dufferin and Bloor

Parking info: Green P parking is available on the street around the library.

For free tickets, visit:


Date: 20 July 2017

Time: 6-8pm


The Global Centre for Pluralism

330 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G8

Closest transit:  Bruyere/Sussex

Closest major intersection: Eastern exit of Alexandra Bridge, or Bruyere Street and Sussex Drive

Parking info: Limited onsite, paid parking lot down the road

For tickets, visit:


Date: 10 June 2017

Time: 2-4 pm


Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Isabel Turner branch

935 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, ON K7M 9A9

Closest transit: Cataraqui Centre

Closest major intersection: Princess Street and Gardiners Road

Parking info: Cataraqui Centre Mall across the road

For tickets, visit:


Date: 25 May 2017

Time: 6-8 pm


Ralph Thornton Community Centre, Queen/Saulter Branch, Toronto Public Library

765 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H3

Closest transit: Queen Street East at Saulter

Closest major intersection: Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue

Parking info: Meter parking along Queen

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Date: 30 April 2017

Time: 1-3 pm


The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Windsor Foundation Classroom

1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Closet bus stop: Barrington Street and South Street

Closest major intersection: Barrington Street and South Street

Parking info: Paid parking lot to the right of Pier 21 main entrance, metered parking on surrounding streets.

For tickets, visit:

Launch Event

Date: March 22, 2017

Event Location:

Toronto Reference Library

Beeton Hall

789 Yonge St.

Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

Time: 6-8pm

To reserve a ticket, please visit:

Tickets are free.

Date: 22 mars 2017

Lieu de l’évènement :

Toronto Reference Library

Beeton Hall

789 Yonge St.

Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

Heures : de 18 h à 20 h

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Les billets sont gratuits.

Please note this event will be in English.

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Funded by/Financé par : 

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This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Toronto Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initative est rendue possible grace au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre le Toronto Foundation, les foundations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.

Lead Partners / Partenaires principaux :

Supporting Partners / Partenaires de soutien :  

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Project Lead & Researcher / Chef de projet et chercheur : Daniel Panneton

Programming Lead / Chef de programmation : Gracia Dyer Jalea

Special thanks to the Toronto Public Library for providing space for these events.

Nos remerciements tout particuliers à la Toronto Public Library pour avoir offert espace pour ces évènements.