Many issues identified during the 2011 Census content consultation echo current priorities and social policy issues. The following are some conclusions:
There was positive reaction to the changes being considered for 2011 • A large number of participants approved of the proposed content directions for the next census. There was agreement across many sectors that the modifications to family characteristics, ethnocultural characteristics, and place of work and mode of transportation would be useful. (Note: In fact, several of the proposed content changes introduced in the 2011 Census Content Consultation Guide, dealing with such topics as blended families, same-sex married couples and travel time, were brought up during 2001 and 2006 consultations (see Appendix 1 for “Historical tables”).)
Data on aging and seniors • Given Canada's aging population (4,335,255 or 13.7% of Canadians are 65 years or older1), more data on these subpopulations are considered necessary to ensure that programs related to seniors are adequate. Comments on aging or seniors can be found in the Labour market activities, Activity limitations, and Housing and shelter costs chapters.
Religion • Most participants who commented on the religion question felt it was valuable and should be asked on the 2011 Census. Information on religious affiliation contributes to a better understanding of Canada's cultural and religious diversity, particularly given the growth in immigration.
Place of work and mode of transportation questions • The place of work and mode of transportation questions (i.e., commute time and vehicle occupancy) being explored for the 2011 Census received approval across the country, especially from municipalities and regions. These data would provide planners with information to guide the development of infrastructure.
Some users' needs can be met through Statistics Canada surveys • The necessity for data for small geographic areas and the suitability of alternative data sources are important factors when considering census content. Additional questioning during consultation revealed some users' data requirements on topics such as health and household activities could be met through other Statistics Canada socioeconomic surveys.
- Date modified: