The Canada 2011 Census
is a detailed enumeration of the Canadian
population on May 10, 2011. Statistics Canada
—an agency of the Canadian government—conducts a nationwide census
every five years. In 2011, itconsists of a mandatory short form census questionnaire and an inaugural National Household Survey (NHS), a voluntary survey which replaces the mandatory long form census questionnaire; this substitution has been the focus of much controversy
. Completion of the census is mandatory for all Canadians, and those who do not complete it may face penalties ranging from fines to jail time.
The Statistics Act
mandates a Senate
and/or House of Commons
(joint) committee review of the opt-in clause (for the release of one's census records after 92 years) by 2014.
The 2011 Census will be the fifteenth decennial census, required by section 8 of the Constitution Act, 1867
. As with other decennial censuses, the data will be used to adjust federal electoral district
In 2011, Statistics Canada projects Canada's population will reach 34.5 million people
The original schedule of the short form questions for the 2011 Census of Population was published in the Canada Gazette
, Part I on August 21, 2010. The 2011 Census... Read More