Census

@AnneEJ (5118)
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
May 3, 2016 10:00am CST
Yesterday we got a notice in the mail for the Canadian Census. Instead of sending out paper forms this time, we have to go on line and fill it out or phone a number to do it. It has to be completed by May 10 and it is required by law that we do so. I don't mind, I will go on line later today and do my duty. But I am wondering how this works for a lot of older folk who do not use the internet, and who don't like doing things like this on the phone. So did all of my Canadian friends receive their notice this week as well?
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@just4him (89306)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 May 16
Isn't this an odd year for you to have your census? I always thought it was done on the decade. I don't recall ever being part of a census before. Not mandatory here.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
3 May 16
I think ours may be every five years. There was a question about being at the same address for the last five years
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@Elizaby (3386)
• Pensacola, Florida
4 May 16
It is mandatory here in the states. Failure to answer can result in a 199 dollar fine. I just checked.
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@just4him (89306)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 May 16
@Elizaby Really? I've never seen one. I just figured they got it from some other means like the post office or clerk of records. I wonder why I've never seen a census form.
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@marlina (60885)
• Canada
3 May 16
I did not receive the notice yet.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
3 May 16
I thought they all had to be out to us by May 1. They have to be completed by the 10th.. Mine is done
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@marlina (60885)
• Canada
4 May 16
@AnneEJ Nothing in my mailbox yet.
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@Juliaacv (22165)
• Canada
4 May 16
We may have received one, but we have a post office box, and I haven't been to the post office yet this week. That's on my list of places to get to tomorrow afternoon. Our box will probably be stuffed full with 3 days of mail in it, but most of it will keep I hope.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
4 May 16
Since I do so much on line, I don't get a lot of mail, but I do check my box in the lobby every day.
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@Juliaacv (22165)
• Canada
4 May 16
@AnneEJ When I came home this afternoon, I didn't bother pulling into the garage, I just parked in the driveway and came in the front door, and there lying against the front door was the census form! I filled it out and will drop it off tomorrow.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
5 May 16
@Juliaacv So you got a paper one.
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@Susan2015 (18311)
• United States
4 May 16
By law you have to do that? I had no idea it was mandatory.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
5 May 16
Yes, you can be fined for not filling it out.
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@Susan2015 (18311)
• United States
5 May 16
@AnneEJ Really? What happens if you don't get one and they said you did?
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
5 May 16
@Susan2015 Maybe they give you another chance if you say you did not receive it. The form I had gave me an access number, which they can trace to an address. They do not have your name on them, but just the address.
@MandaLee (3699)
• United States
4 May 16
You Canadians are so advanced. In many areas of the US, our census is still done on paper. Have a terrific day!
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
4 May 16
Ours wasn't that hard to do on line. Glad to have it done and over with
@JudyEv (97209)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May 16
There is bound to be some people who can't do their census online. I wonder how they will be catered for?
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
4 May 16
They can do it by phone, but that might be hard for some as well. There is a contact for those who are visually or hearing impaired to get help.
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• United States
3 May 16
that's the only options? to either do such online'r by phone?? i know lots'f the elderly who've no puters 'n're so hard'f hearin' that doin' such by phone'd be most frustratin' to 'em. i reckon the government there figures such's gonna be more cost effective?
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
3 May 16
Yes those are the options, and I think that people have been fined in the past for not doing their census.
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@Elizaby (3386)
• Pensacola, Florida
3 May 16
The USA census occurs every 10 years at the start of each decade
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
3 May 16
I did mine and it was fairly easy, lots of questions, but most were multiple choice.
@DianneN (57344)
• United States
3 May 16
I'm not Canadian. Lol! It's good if they provide a phone option for those that don't have or feel overwhelmed on a computer.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
3 May 16
It was fairly easy to do, didn't take me too long
@ricki_911 (16712)
• Toronto, Ontario
3 May 16
I did receive mine but haven't done it.The website had crashed last night.
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
3 May 16
I was fortunate I got right in. I imagine it is a busy site.
@marlina (60885)
• Canada
4 May 16
Just got my census form this afternoon and did it already.
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