This month, census letters and packages are arriving at households across Canada. In the North, collection activities began in February. In April, census representatives began visiting households in First Nations communities.
Whether you receive the long- or short-form census questionnaire, you might wonder why Statistics Canada is asking for this information. What is it used for?
Ever wonder about your community's profile or how it differs from other Canadian communities? Need to move, and want to know what your new community looks like? Want information on the local job prospects, health status, demographic trends, aging, or level of satisfaction with life?
Statistics Canada can provide the data on all these topics, telling you a lot about your community.
We get asked a lot of questions. And we provide a lot of answers.
Every year, StatCan receives almost 50,000 requests for information, ranging from demographic (How many people live in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan?) to historical (How many pubs were in Montréal in 1886?) to business (Can you provide me with an in-depth profile of Sydney, Nova Scotia?). They also ask specific questions about surveys (What parts of this questionnaire do I fill out?), and, sometimes, just want to share a piece of their mind.