The Internet remains Statistics Canada's primary dissemination vehicle for census data. The public uses it to learn about the release of 2006 Census results; to obtain tables, profiles and indicators on the Canadian population; to consult analytical papers; and to seek information on census and geography products and services. Online dissemination makes the robust array of census data more accessible and makes it easier to update census products, which ensures that data users are working with the most current information.
The 2006 Census home page provides information on the release of products and about the census in general. The following are some of the main features found on the census home page.
The new Spotlight section presents a brief list of recent releases and pertinent notices by date. The announcements introduce census and geography products and services as they become available, so they are easy to find.
1996, 2001, 2006 census links
On the 2006 Census web pages side bar are 1996, 2001 and 2006 census links from which users can access many of the products available from the last three censuses.
New in 2006 – Users can perform keyword searches to find the data or information they seek. A progressive search function and tips for refining research parameters have also been integrated in the search tool.
2. What aspects of the 2006 Census web pages do you find most and least valuable? Are you able to find the information you need? Please explain. What improvements would you recommend?
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