The 2011 Census content consultation generated a large response from many different sectors. The input received is valuable in understanding data users' needs and priorities. Content-related ideas and suggestions will be considered by the 2011 Census Content Determination team and will be of benefit to Statistics Canada's socioeconomic survey areas.
As noted earlier, feedback gathered during consultations has led to the successful integration of new questions in the past. Many factors are thoughtfully deliberated, however, before a new question is added or an existing one is modified. For example, any additional content must meet a widespread need that is not met by other socioeconomic surveys. Other important elements include the requirement to support legislation and historical comparability for time series trend analysis. The costs for collecting, processing and disseminating the information are also key considerations. Content will not be added if it deemed too sensitive or intrusive. Finally, because of concerns over respondent burden, the introduction of a question must often result in the removal of another.
Some recommendations submitted during 2011 Census content consultations were included in the May 2008 content test. Others are beyond the scope of the census or have been judged more suitable for data collection by other surveys. Many ideas received during consultation will begin to set the stage for 2016 and 2021, which is already on the horizon.
Following the Census Content Test, the results will be analysed and modifications will be brought to the questionnaire prior to the 2009 Census Test. Content may be excluded from the final stages of testing if it does not meet data quality thresholds.
The final recommendations for the 2011 Census content will be formulated in the fall of 2009 for consideration and approval by Cabinet.
Statistics Canada wishes to once again thank all of those who participated in the 2011 Census content consultation process.
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