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The 2016 Census is Here, But Is It Useful?

Here we go again with debates about the Canada Census form.  My form was a short form submitted online using a secure access code.  Once completed, I was provided a confirmation code.  The process was easy, took just a few minutes and involved little inconvenience.

“Census information is important for your community and is used in planning services such as schools, public transportation, senior housing, and police and fire services.  Please note that completion of the census questionnaire is required by law” is written in the instructions.

I suppose that other people, like me, will spend more time speculating about the value of the questions in the questionnaire than the time spent completing it.  How does the gender of the people in my household have any bearing on community services ‘such as schools, public transportation, senior housing, and police and fire services?’

How are the names of the people in my home relevant?

Don’t call the phone number included with the instructions because a computer voice will tell you that ‘no one is available.’

I have no objections to completing a census form, long or short, but the information collected seems to have little or no value.  How does the gender of my wife help plan fire stations?

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