Dear Division 16,
What an exciting week for Canadians. The census came out!
This description is from the government website www.census.gc.ca
“What is the census?
The census provides a statistical picture of a country and its people. Almost every country in the world carries out a census on a regular basis.
The Canadian census collects information, in five-year intervals, on every man, woman and child living in Canada. This does not include non-permanent residents, foreign diplomats or foreign military.”
You may remember from our Student Vote study in the fall that the Conservative government had dramatically changed the census by eliminating what is called the “long form” or more detailed census. The new Federal government has returned to the long form census and has updated the way data is collected.
Please read the article here about the response from Canadians and Statistics Canada to the return of the Census.
For your post, please answer ONE of the following questions:
- How might detailed information help the government or other organizations make decisions? Please give at least one example that supports your thinking.
- Do you agree that the census should be mandatory? Why or why not?
I look forward to your responses!