Don’t forget that your 2016 Census is due by midnight, tonight. Whether received got the long or short version of the census, you can complete it online at www.census.gc.ca. Here are 10 things you should know about the Census, according to Statistics Canada.
What is the Census?
The Census is a survey conducted by Statistics Canada every five years and provides the government with a snapshot of the Canadian population. The census collects information about who lives in a given household and the languages spoken in the residence.
What is the long-form census?
The long-form census, which was reinstated by the current federal Liberal government, is distributed at random to about 25 per cent of Canadian households and collects information about the demographic, social and economic situation of people in the country.
Do I need to fill out the census?
All households in Canada are required by law to fill out the census. Canadians who are working abroad are also included in the questionnaire.
What are the penalties for not completing the Census?
Anyone who refuses to fill out the census could face a fine of up to $500 and/ or three months in jail, according to the Statistics Act. If you don’t make the deadline though, don’t stress. Statistics Canada will be sending out reminders throughout May and June to households who have not yet completed the census.
Why is the census important?
The information collected in the census is used by governments, businesses, associations and other organizations and can help those stakeholders make decisions about education, child care, and housing in your region.
How do I fill out the census?
The census can be filled out online or you can request a paper copy by calling 1-855-699-2016.
I didn’t get my census form. What should I do?
If you didn’t get your form, you can call the census help line at 1-855-700-2016.
Who do I include in my household?
All people who live in your home, including newborn babies, roommates and those who are temporarily away, should be included.
I am a student. How should I complete the census?
Students who live in another location temporarily while attending an educational institution or working but return to live with their parent or parents during other times of the year should be included in their parents’ questionnaire.
I am staying in Canada on a work/ study permit. Do I need to complete the census?
Yes. Anyone who is living in Canada on a work or study permit is included in the census.
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