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Heeding the users’ voice October 15, 2014

First, people invented the Internet. Then, people started getting lost, chasing the needle in the Internet haystack.

Anyone who has ever been lost on a website quickly appreciates the value and art of usability testing. It’s a crucial step to creating a website that is intuitive, user-friendly, easy to navigate, and simple to learn and remember.

At Statistics Canada, usability testing of our website is an ongoing endeavour. It is an important one because StatCan has a daunting amount of material—the largest information trove among all government departments and agencies.

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Projecting the population September 17, 2014

Today, a new set of population projections were released by Statistics Canada.

They tell a story about what the population of Canada, the provinces and territories might be in 2038, as well as Canada’s projected population in 2063.

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Going paperless August 20, 2014

When Jean Talon conducted the first Census in New France during the winter of 1665–1666, the story is that he personally walked around and knocked on doors. Talon conducted his census on the de jure principle—that is, counting people where they normally reside.

Fortunately, he only had 3,215 people to count.

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