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.
While the population has grown, the de jure principle remains.
There’s a knock on your front door. You wait, wondering if they will go away. Another knock. You pull back the curtain to check. Then, you slowly open the door.
Good news! It’s Statistics Canada!
Over the past 100 years, we have gone from a world where Canadians were growing produce and hauling it to market behind a team of horses, to a complex, interwoven world where companies seem to have no borders. Deals are made on the Internet, products and services come and go in a flash, economies are more connected both financially and economically, and production is fragmented across the globe.