Census: Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

3rd Session, 40th Parliament

A study of the long-form portion of the Census

Televised 9-10AM.


Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology


Meeting No. 29
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Room 253-D, Centre Block


Tony Clement, P.C., M.P., Minister of Industry


Panel I

Department of Industry

Richard Dicerni, Deputy Minister

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Panel II

As individuals

Ivan P. Fellegi
Former employee of Statistics Canada
Ancien employé de Statistique Canada

Munir Sheikh
Former employee of Statistics Canada
Ancien employé de Statistique Canada

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Panel III

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Martin Simard, Research Professor
Department of Human Resources
Départment des sciences humaines

York University

David Tanny, Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Départment de mathématiques et statistiques

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Panel IV

  • Carleton University Library Data Centre
  • Ernie Boyko, Adjunct Data Librarian
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Panel V

  • National Citizens’ Coalition
  • Peter Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Elisapee Sheutiapik, Board Member
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • To be determined


  1. Anne Gammage’s avatar

    I worked on the Census many years ago in the capacity of a Census Area Manager (CAM). Only 1 person in the entire region completely rejected the long form (and they did not go to jail). Those who sent in complaints about receiving the long form were provided explanations as to the usefulness of aggregate information and that no personal information would be used. Without the continuity of a mandatory census data used by all levels of government, all planning departments, and thousands of organizations and services will be impacted negatively. The bias will make the previous two censuses limited in their usefelness for many statistical comparisons.

    There are other methods of ensuring the forms remain mandatory without threat of jail or steep fines. Personal education following complaints worked in all cases but one in my area. I am sure that census personnel in other regions delivered the same message – the great impact of this information on the future of services, roads, homes, and business development, etc., in the very community and neighbourhoods of the complainants.

    I remain hopeful that through the work of the Standing Committee and witnesses the government will reverse its decision and retain the long form as a compulsory tool for everyone’s long term benefit.

  2. Tracey’s avatar

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