Reinstatement of long form census a Chamber win
November 05, 2015
TRI-CITIES, November 5, 2015 — The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce applauds federal government on the announcement of the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census for 2015.“We need good, reliable data,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains who made the announcement today with Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Yves Duclos.
A similar sentiment is echoed within the Chamber network in Canada. “Businesses like certainty. Information provides certainty. The long-form census provides the best quality information our government can get,” said Michael Hind, CEO of the Tri-Cities Chamber. “This has been something the Chamber network has been calling for since the long-form census was cancelled.”
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has a policy on the books from 2014, supported by the Tri-Cities Chamber, calling for the reinstatement of the long-form census questionnaire in time for the 2016 census, a timeline confirmed by the ministers’ announcement today.
In 2010, the mandatory long-form census was cancelled and replaced with the voluntary National Household Survey. The long-form census had a response rate in 2006 of 93.5 percent while the less-thorough National Household Survey had a response rate of 68.6 percent in 2011. The switch has resulted in a period of decreased quality and quantity of data available to researchers, government and industry.
The long-form census information is used extensively by businesses, economists, municipalities, researchers, urban planners, provinces, and many others to perform vital work as it can describe market trends, demographic shifts and other demographic markers that guide the actions of industry and government.
In 2016, the long-form census is expected to be distributed out to 2.9 million homes across Canada. Information regarding the long-form census and the information collected is available from Statistics Canada.
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