The Canadian Census is back and bringing 35,000 jobs with it

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The Canadian Census is coming back.

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The Harper government scrapped the long form Census in favour of a voluntary national survey, but Prime Minister Trudeau’s government reinstated it, and they’re looking to fill some 35,000 positions.

Statistics Canada is already hiring for the Data Operations Centre in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, which will equate to about 1,400 jobs. The temporary positions start in April and May.

Early enumeration begins February 1 in many remote regions of the country, including the territories and parts of Northern Alberta. Enumerating jobs are on the table for Labrador, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Early enumeration in small, remote areas ensures residents of those areas are included before they move to more dispersed hunting and fishing villages for the summer. Staff will personally interview these people in their homes.

The Census is a mandatory survey used to collect statistics on every man, woman, and child living in Canada. It will be translate into 22 languages other than French and English to reflect the diversity of those living across the country. Data collected by the Census is used by the government to plan infrastructure and services, among other things.

The Census doesn’t just include citizens or permanent residents – it includes every person living in Canada.

The Liberal Government announced back in November they would reinstate the long form Census. In a press conference on Parliament Hill, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said the move stems from needing “reliable, good quality data.”

It will be available to complete online starting May 2.

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