Statement on the 2016 Census of Population and the mandatory long form

November 6, 2015

OTTAWA — Further to the Government of Canada's decision to restore the mandatory long-form census, the Chief Statistician issued the following statement:

"Statistics Canada is implementing the Government of Canada's decision to restore the long-form census to meet the ever-growing information needs of Canadians and to publish high-quality data at the local level.

Statistics Canada will conduct the 2016 Census on time and within the funds already allocated to the Census program.

Questions asked in the short- and long-form 2016 Census of Population will be largely the same as in 2011 and 2006. To a great extent, census questions remain stable from one census to the next to ensure comparability over time.

The goal of the 2016 Census program is to restore the quality of data for special populations and at all levels of geography, including the coverage of small municipalities, to the levels of the 2006 Census. This will provide communities with the information they need to make decisions on services such as schools, roads, health care, policing, transit and social services.

Census collection will begin in May 2016. As we conduct the Census of Population, we will once again count on the support of more than 14 million households from coast to coast. Canadians' participation will enable us to produce high-quality data that can be put to use in communities across the country."

For more information, contact Media Relations, Statistics Canada, at 613-951-4636.

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