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The online response rate to census questionnaire hits new height

Key Takeaway:

  • Statistics Canada says 84 per cent of census questionnaires were filled out online.
  • Having many online responses makes life easier for agency analysis and safer for workers with fewer paper replies to input manually at a processing centre in the National Capital Region.

Statistics Canada says 84 per cent of census questionnaires were filled out online.

The agency beat its goal of having 80 per cent of census questionnaires completed online — an idea made available for the first time to all country regions.

Having many online responses makes life easier for agency analysis and safer for workers with fewer paper replies to input manually at a processing centre in the National Capital Region.

The national response rate to the census was 98 per cent, while the response to the long-form questionnaire was about 97 per cent, both of which were down ever so slightly from the last census cycle in 2016.

The agency plans the first of seven significant releases in February when it details population and dwelling counts. More releases on other themes and findings in the census data are also being considered. 

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The census, which takes place five years, provides a detailed look at Canadians that leaves a wealth of information for demographers on how the country is changing.

For policy-makers, the census provides a foundation for local decisions on building new schools and hospitals and how much the federal government sends to provinces and territories in transfers payments to pay for healthcare systems.

In a statement, chief statistician Anil Arora says that information from the 2021 census will be particularly crucial to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source-CTV News

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