up and be counted, its census time again
next Monday, Canadians from coast to coast will be getting
a letter in the mail from Stats Canada inviting them to
take part in the 2016 Census.
right, its Census time again.
letters will contain a 16-digit Secure Access Code which
the recipient will use to log onto www.census.gc.ca and
fill out their Census questionnaire.
household and apartment dwelling in Canada will receive
one quarter of the households will be required to complete
a 61-question, long form questionnaire, while everyone
else will have to fill out the abbreviated 7-question
version. You can preview the questions that will be asked
by visiting the Census website.
say have to and required be-cause
the 2016 Census is mandatory. Failure to fill out a census
questionnaire could result in a minimum $500 fine, or
three months imprisonment, or both. Although I couldnt
find any examples of someone being thrown in jail for
refusing to fill out their census form, there is definitely
a risk of a hefty fine.
truth is, its important to stand up and be counted.
Data compiled through the census is used by institutions
such as school boards, hospitals, municipalities, social
service agencies and federal and provincial ministries
in planning for education, health care and social services.
important thing to remember is that for most people the
process is fairly simple. In fact, the short form census
should only take about five minutes to complete. The long
form census will take a little longer.
if you have a problem understanding any of the questions,
you can always call the Census Help Line at 1-855-700-2016.
But dont call until May 2.
help line will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to
8 p.m.; and Satur-day and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
can use the Help Line for assistance in completing your
questionnaire; getting answers for questions about the
census; if someone in your household wants to complete
a separate questionnaire, like a roommate or a border;
or if you need the questions in another language.
if your worried about your information ending up in the
wrong hands dont be, Stats Canada takes confidentiality
very seriously. They employ industry standard encryption
protocols, firewalls and encryption layers to protect
Canada employees must also take an Oath of Secrecy and
are subject to fines and possible imprisonment for disclosing
the Census is a civic responsibility that provides important
information that will be used in planning and providing
services in your community. So, stand up and be counted.
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