The Justin Trudeau government is making good on an election promise by bringing back the mandatory Long-Form Census.
The liberals say the longer version is more accurate and less expensive that the shorter survey.
Starting May 2nd, Statistics Canada will send census letters and packages to all Canadian households and today the man who oversees national data collection was in Victoria to talk about the survey.
Geoff Bowlby, StatsCan Director General for Collection and Regional Services says, “the long-form census is based on 30-40 questions everything from the general population count to information on that population.”
“It’s a very diverse and rich data set that results from the census,” according to Bowlby.
The data gathered will be used by different levels of government to efficiently spend money and better accommodate residents, including approximately 300 billion dollars in transfer payments to the province, based on population numbers gathered in the census.