Post 1901 Census - Seeking access to 1911 Census records.
- Greetings All.
The date of the National Census of Canada for 1911 was effective the
first day of June. The Privacy Act and Regulations attached thereto
specify that records of Census may be made available to any person or
body for purposes of research, 92 years after collection. Therefore,
records of the 1911 National Census of Canada should be made accessible
to the public after 1 June 2003. It is believed this is unlikely to
happen at this time therefore it is suggested that those interested in
accessing these records submit an Access to Information request to
To find out how to submit your Access to Information request please
visit the Post 1901 Census Project website at the URL following my
On another subject -- It has been brought to my attention that some
people believe because the 1906 Census records have been released
unconditionally that the Census issue has been resolved and that no
further action on our part is required. This is definitely not the
The government brought down Bill S-13, presently in third reading debate
in the Senate, to deal with the Census issue. In doing so, however, they
have listened more to the burueaucrats than to the desires of the people
seeking access. S-13 imposes conditions and restrictions on access that
have several times been rejected by the people. One clause in
particular would require specific authorization at the time of
enumeration for records from 2006 and on to be made available 92 years
after the Census takes place. This "informed consent" clause would
destroy future Census records for any scientific, demographic or
academic research, and would cause many future genealogists to find no
information in the records on us, their ancestors.
A battle has been won, but the war goes on. To get up to date on what
is happening follow the link for information on Bill S-13 on the Post
1901 Census project website.
Gordon A. Watts gordon_watts@...
Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
en français http://globalgenealogy.com/Census/Index_f.htm
Permission to forward without notice is granted.