National Long-Form Census Reinstated

The federal government has announced the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains made the announcement the day after the Liberal Party of Canada took office.

The national census, which is conducted every five years, provides a detailed snapshot of Canadian society. Local governments rely on census data for long-term program and service planning.

In 2010 the Government of Canada replaced the long-form census with a voluntary “National Household Survey”, which had a response rate of less than 70 per cent and was widely criticized for the gaps in the data it provided. Local governments in BC endorsed a resolution calling for the return of the long-form census at the 2011 UBCM Convention.

The 61-question long-form census will be reinstated in time for the 2016 census.

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