Friday, July 2, 2010

Canada to do away with long census in 2011

Statistics Canada released an order on June 26, 2010 that they will use the same short- form for the 2011 census as they did in 2006 (Canada conducts a census every 5 years) http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/ref/gazette-eng.cfm

The census previously collected in the long-form with genealogically-relevant information will be part of a new voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) and will *exclude* the consent question for personal release of information after 92 years, therefore, making the long-form *never released*. The rationale given is that the personal release of information pertained to the census and the NHS is not the census. The survey will be conducted with in 4 weeks of the May 2011 census. For information on the NHS questions see:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/survey-enquete/household-menages/5178-eng.htm.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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