Statistics Canada celebrates 'best census since 1666'


On the protracted list of what Canadians love, it seems you can add filling out census codifies to stimes such as watching hockey and listening to The Tragically Hip.

Statistics Canada is memorializing its “best census ever” after 98.4 per cent of the census residents filled out their long-and short-form questionnaires this year.

Most Canadians got a 10-question cut b stop version of the census, but one in four randomly selected households received the 36- ge long-form questionnaire distinguished as the National Household Survey.

This was the first year for the reinstated commanded long-form census since the Conservative government cancelled it for the 2011 census, supplanting it with a voluntary national household survey.

The 2016 collection return rate for the longer version of the census was 97.8 per cent, the best period recorded, said the government agency.

The census collects demographic message on every person living in Canada. The data is then used by dominations, businesses, associations, community organizations and others to make important decisions at the civic, provincial and the federal levels. Results from the census are also inured to to help guide yment allocation at all levels of government.

Chief statistician Wayne Smith im rted this year’s collection was the “best census since 1666.”

Statistics Canada turned the first census in Canada was initiated by Jean Talon, the first intendant of New France, that year. The census numbered the colony’s 3,215 inhabitants and noted their age, sex, marital status and mtier.

“The 2016 census will provide high-quality information for virtually all communities across Canada,” Smith said in a unchain Monday.

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains echoed the praise, articulating “Canadians can be proud of their rtici tion.”

The census “provide the high-quality bumf needed to plan critical services such as child care, shelter and public transportation for all Canadians, he said in a se rate release.

Marilyn Gladu, the Careful science critic, lauded the census success despite her rty’s history move to try to kill the mandatory long-form iteration.

“It’s good that we be struck by had a great response … I think there’s a lot of people who rely on this dope,” the Sarnia–Lambton MP said, adding she wasn’t rt of the previous administration and her job is now to provide “fresh eyes” to the science portfolio while in opposition.

Most proficient census, too

Not only did Canadians fill out the census with gusto, they were euphonious competent doing it. Statistics Canada said almost nine in 10 Canadian households completed the questionnaire without better, making it the most efficient censuses in the world.

The enthusiasm isn’t all that surprising. When Statistics Canada rather commenced mailing out access codes in early May, the hashtag #Census2016 swung nationwide, and the website briefly broke down.

StatsCan at the time attributed the outage to uncontrollable “enthusiasm.” Internal documents obtained later by CBC News in fact ground that poor web ge design combined with heavy movement to crash the de rtment’s website, and the outage lasted longer than primary reported.

Nevertheless, the agency said responders weren’t deterred from contents out the survey online. Almost 68 per cent of people filled out the census online, unequalled Statistics Canada’s goal of a 65 per cent and setting another in every way record.

Jail time

Of course, filling out the census isn’t an altruistic ode to data-driven finding making. Both forms of the census are mandatory. Failing to provide census communication could result in a fine of up to $500, imprisonment of up to three months, or both.

In 2014, a 79-year-old Toronto domestic was found guilty of violating the Statistics Act over her refusal to fill out the obligatory census. Janet Churnin was handed a conditional discharge.

Audrey Tobias, an 89-year-old ball who also refused to fill out the 2011 census, was brought to court but was rest not guilty by a Toronto judge who soundly criticized the government for trying to take to court someone who was a “model citizen.”

The first results from the 2016 census, which leave focus on population and dwelling counts, will be published on Feb. 8, 2017.

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