The 2011 Census, Civil Responsibility and You: Why Canada needs a Mandatory Long-Form Census

We all interact with our country in various ways. We access health care, religious services, social welfare programmes, and education. We pay taxes, we buy houses, we park our cars, we take public transit, we shop for food and we partake in recreational activities. We move to Canada from other countries, we move within Canada from other provinces and cities and sometimes we live in one place for our entire lives. We celebrate our cultural heritages, be they external to Canada or rooted in our Canadian identity. We have children and sometimes we do not. We buy things for our homes, our loved ones and sometimes just for fun.

All of these actions have something in common: the census cares about them.

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