Statistics Canada's release of two new surveys on Canada's population raised questions because people were not obliged to fill out census forms in 2011.
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Canada census survey results set off opposition party attacks


Normally census data results aren’t the stuff of debate, but on Wednesday (May 8), the first release of 2011 Canadian census survey data set off questions both in the House of Commons and in the media.

The results of two surveys from the government agency Statistics Canada focussed on Canada’s Aboriginal population, and on immigration, ethnic origin, language and religion.

The reason there are questions, is that the 2011 Canadian census was the first not to be a mandatory census which people had to respond to.

In 2006, the non-response to the census was at 6%, in 2011 it was 31.4 %,

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda has a report


More information:
Statistics Canada – 2011 National Household Survey: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit – here
Statistics Canada – 2011 National Household Survey: Immigration, place of birth, citizenship, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion – here
Toronto Star – National Household Survey: Statistics Canada disclaimer warns of ‘non-response error’ – here
Postmedia News – Data gaps mark National Household Survey, Statistics Canada warns – here

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