May 8, 2016 6:05pm CST
It used to be that we had to fill out a Canadian census form every four years, but when the Harper government came in they eliminated it. Well, we have a different government and our new Prime Minister Trudeau has brought the census back. They were mailed out the first of May. When I received the single piece of paper I just assumed I had the short census. There is a short one that takes about 5 minutes to fill out. It is just the basic information about how many people live in the household and their ages, etc. There is a longer one that goes into more detail. The paper sat on the coffee table for a few days before I picked it up and saw that it had to be filled in by May 10th. So I opened it only to find that there is a code that you have to input when you go onto the website to fill out the census. Well, I spent an hour on Friday evening filling out the long census. Just my luck. And the details they wanted! Geesh! Every household member's information including where they work, their job title, their job duties, how they get to work, how long it takes them to get to work, what time do they leave for work, how many hours did they work this past week, how many weeks they worked in 2015, plus any health conditions. The questions were endless. Apparently 1 in 4 households gets the long census form. I don't know whether it is pre-determined by the code, or whether every 4th person who logs on gets the form randomly. I think it is pre-determined by the code. Lucky me. Any other Canadians here get the long census?
4 people like this
• United States
8 May 16
That certainly was a lengthy ordeal. I think the USA conducts a census every 10 years. I read that not filling out the census by those randomly selected is against the law, but no one has been prosecuted since 1970. Well, that is comforting.
• Orangeville, Ontario
9 May 16
We have a new government now so you never know. It says right on the form that filling it out is the law. My daughter, who works for the airlines, suggested I make something up when I was trying to get information from her. I told her it was a legal document just like her customs form at the airport.