Census taking has come a long way since biblical times, when people all crowded into the cities and villages of their ancestry. This year, you can even complete the Stats Canada Census online!
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Population estimated from the census is used to determine transfer payments from the federal government to the provinces and territories and from the provinces to municipalities.
This year’s census is particularly important as the Data will be used to determine the number of Members of Parliament.
If you want improved government services that reflect your needs, make sure everyone in your community accurately completes the census forms.
Who is included in the census?Every person living in Canada, as well as Canadians who are abroad, either on a military base, attached to a diplomatic mission, or at sea or in port aboard Canadian-registered merchant vessels is included in the census. Persons in Canada including those holding a temporary resident permit, study permit or work permit, and their dependents, are also part of the census.
When is the Census?For most of Canada, the census will be starting in May, but for some isolated communities enumerations started in February and will end in April. These areas include parts of:
- Northwest Territories
- Nunavut (all)
The 2011 Census onlineThis is a landmark year for the Statistics Canada Census. Starting in May 2011, households can conveniently complete their census questionnaire online.
For more details about the Stats Canada 2011 Census, and how you can participate, see the Stats Canada Website.
Resource: Stats Canada Website (accessed Mar.22,2011)