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Debra Thompson: The Politics of the Census: Lessons from Abroad, pp. 377-382.

David A. Green and Kevin Milligan: The Importance of the Long Form Census to Canada, pp. 383-388.

Lisa Dillon: The Value of the Long Form Canadian Census for Long Term National and International Research, pp. 389-393.

Michael R. Veall: 2B or Not 2B? What Should Have Happened with the Canadian Long Form Census? What Should Happen Now?, pp. 395-399.

Its pretty funny!

“former chief statistician Ivan Fellegi said Ottawa could postpone the whole census to September 2011 from May, gaining a few extra months to re-establish the long census.”

Globe and Mail – Sept 20

for tweeters –

Ivan Fellegi postpone #census to September 2011 from May, gaining time to re-establish the long census  http://tinyurl.com/386crt9

Bref – It ain’t over yet!

Below is a link to transcripts and submissions to the:


Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology


Friday, August 27, 2010



Question from a university data librarian to Statistics Canada:

I am wondering about the impact of cancelling the 2011 Census https://www.datalibre.ca/ on the downstream products that are populated with Census long form data:  E-STAT, Topic Based Tabulations, Community and CT and Cumulative Profiles.. etc.. and the data used for thematic mapping.

I am thinking of all the research programs and academic courses that have built these downstream products into their curriculums and programs. What should I be telling students and profs about the future of these products?

What is StatCan’s strategy to deal with the downstream products?

I note there is a Main page for the new National Household Survey athttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/survey-enquete/household-menages/5178-eng.htm.  Will the data collected from the National Household Survey simply be ported into these products? Will there be caveats added to each of these products informing users of the potential hazards of trying to compare 2006 and 2011 data?

After 10 days, the answer from Statistics Canada Communications:

This is the first time Statistics Canada will conduct the National Household Survey (NHS) and the Agency is currently working on many aspects of its development and implementation.

Information pertaining to custom, off-the-shelf, and downstream products that were previously populated with census long-form data has not yet been finalized.

Additional information will be added to Statistics Canada’s website (www.statcan.gc.ca)  by following the hyperlink for the National Household Survey as it becomes available.

Thank you for your interest in the 2011 Census and the new National Household Survey. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

So ah! StatCan is saying they dunnoh?


The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology met in a televised videoconference session at 9:00 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Michael D.Chong, presiding.


That the Government of Canada re-instate the mandatory long-form census; and that the government introduce legislative amendments to the Statistics Act to remove completely the provision of imprisonment from Section 31 of the Act and this would therefore apply to the Census of Population, the Long-Form Census and the Census of Agriculture, and that the Committee submit a report to the House.

I sent a note to the Committee requesting the transcripts for the full day of proceedings.

I was busy with this thing called a job and was delayed in my census work.  But here you have it, a round up for the week.  I have not searched my #census yet, but will do so tomorrow.

Also, it ain’t too late to save the census!  They just need to put a sticky note on the envelope or insert a new cover page that says : this is a CENSUS and it is MANDATORY.

Many of the  Social Planning Network of Ontario’s (SPNO) members in collaboration with the Community Social Data Strategy purchase Census data as a consortium to produce reports of the like of this latest report, Ontario’s Social Landscape: Socio-demographic trends and conditions in communities across the province.  The report provides valuable information about Ontario and its evolving communities. Chalk-full of demographic and socio-economic data, the report is offered as a resource for program planning, needs assessments, advocacy initiatives, public policy development, research projects and more.

Ontario’s Social Landscape paints a picture of our communities, telling us where we’re at and where we’re headed”, commented SPNO Board Chair Janet Gasparini. Key indicator data quantify social realities in Ontario communities – from the recession’s impact on the economy to the issues of affordable housing and electoral participation. This information is essential for planning services to meet the needs of changing communities, engaging and mobilizing residents and taking action to create the communities we want.

Ted Hildebrandt, Research team member

Janet Gasparini, President, Social Planning Network of Ontario

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