University of Toronto Cities Centre’s Letter to Minister Clement

N E W S B U L L E T I N

Cities Centre – 9 July 2010

N E W S

FIGHTING THE CANCELLATION OF THE 2011 CENSUS LONG FORM

Cities Centre has been actively coordinating with other universities, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector concerning the June 26 announcement by the Federal Government that the mandatory 2011 Census “Long Form” would be cancelled and replaced with a voluntary survey. We (and everyone we know who works with census data) feel that this is a huge mistake. While the issue may seem arcane, these data are used by everybody across the country (governments at all levels, private sector, NGOs and researchers) and the loss of this information will have major impacts. On technical/scientific terms it is indefensible and the decision has clearly been taken for purely ideological reasons. The process also is very disturbing: there was no prior consultation on this and it is clear that they waited until a few days before the July 1 holiday weekend when they hoped everyone was away or otherwise preoccupied to release the announcement.
On July 8th Cities Centre sent a letter to Minister Tony Clement that explains in detail our concerns about this issue. The letter can be found at http://www.citiescentre.utoronto.ca/Assets/Cities+Centre+Digital+Assets/pdfs
/news/Letter+to+Clement+July10.pdf
.

If you have not yet become actively involved in fighting this decision, we urge you to do so. An on-line survey gathering Canadians’ opinions concerning the Long Form and the proposed new survey can be found at https://spreadsheets.google.com/formResponse?formkey=dG5iREc1WHVSM3FQOGZIWG1UQzF5SUE6MQ&ifq. It only takes a minute or two to fill out.

Cities Centre urges everyone to take a minute to fill it out before July 16. And please pass this along to others.

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