Bill C-626 supports Canadians’ right to information
TORONTO (Wednesday, January 28, 2015)—CJFE and 10 other organizations call on the Canadian government to pass Bill C-626 and reinstate the mandatory long-form census.
In 2010, the federal government ended the long-form census that informed critical business, policy, and research decisions across the country. As information becomes an increasingly valuable commodity in today’s world, Canada made a conscious decision to blindly walk away from vital data about our culture and society.
The mandatory long-form census provided critical information about demographics, commuting patterns, skills shortages, and other economic data that helped to determine public policy, guide researchers, and give businesses a leg up. It allowed for historical comparisons that let us know how our society is changing.