Survey Participation

Your participation is important

Canadians need accurate and reliable information—the cornerstone for democratic decision making. Through the Statistics Act, Parliament has mandated Statistics Canada, as the national statistical agency, to produce such information.

Statistics Canada conducts over 350 surveys and statistical programs on an ongoing basis to measure and report on the state of Canada’s economy and society.

Under the Statistics Act, the Chief Statistician has the authority to approve the collection of information on a mandatory basis, when thorough analysis by Statistics Canada demonstrates that mandatory survey participation is the best means to attain the quality and precision levels required to provide Canadians with accurate measures of the state of the country’s economy and society.Business and agricultural surveys, for example, collect important economic information that is used by businesses, unions, non-profit organizations and all levels of government to make informed decisions such as monitoring the growth of inflation, gathering information to provide more affordable housing to Canadians, and learning about infrastructure needs in communities across Canada (i.e., determining the need for more schools, daycare centres, public transportation, etc.). Mandatory participation is also required for the Labour Force Survey, where data is used to produce the unemployment rate, other indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate, as well as for evaluation and planning of employment programs in Canada.

Statistics Canada is also required by law to conduct the Census of Population and the Census of Agriculture, both of which are mandatory.

Even though other Statistics Canada surveys are voluntary in nature, your survey participation is essential to produce results that best represent you, your community, and your country. Aggregated data guides policy makers and researchers in making important decisions for you.

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