RE: Canadian Census
Another take on this topic and what we can do about it:
Subject: Statistics Canada and loss of the 2-B form Census 2011
This should be of concern to all researchers:
"A door to Canada's past has slammed shut, leaving future Canadians with little information about their own families and the country's history, in a move the government says was prompted by privacy concerns"
The preparation for the 2011 Census began a couple of years ago with extensive consultations with stakeholders.
At no point did we read a summary of these consultations in which stakeholders proposed a 2A-only Census.
This decision seems to have been made without the information gathered from researchers.
This decision on the part of government needs to be challenged. If you are concerned I encourage you to contact your local MP :
Submitted to a list I am on by Walter Piovesan at SFU.
From Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
June 29, 2010
Canadian Census Long Form to become Voluntary
A change being implemented by the Canadian government will reduce the amount of detailed information obtained by the census. The Conservative government is scrapping the mandatory long census form for the 2011 census, replacing it with a voluntary national household survey.
The Conservative government is scrapping the mandatory long census form for the 2011 census, replacing it with a voluntary national household survey. All Canadians will still receive a mandatory short census. One in three households will be sent the new household survey as well. Previously, one in five households were sent the mandatory long-form census.
While more people will receive the longer survey, the fact that it is voluntary means Statistics Canada will have to double its efforts to get people to respond.
You can read more in a story written by Karina Roman on the CBC News web site at: http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2010/06/29/census-longform-scrapped.html#ixzz0sHzbvUgJ
My thanks to Liza Painter for telling me about this story.
There was also an article in today's Herald that states Canadian Census will shut out genealogists.