Need a Source? Canadian Census Debate

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - As Canadians fill out the 2011 Census form in the next few weeks, for the first time in history there won't be a mandatory long-form questionnaire to complete. Instead Canadians completing the mandatory short-form Census will only be required to answer basic questions about their address, age, gender and marital status.

In the midst of the ongoing debate over the importance and value of Canada's national census, we can't forget that this information is essential to government today for planning for Canada's future and will be vital for future generations looking to learn about their ancestors.

Roger Dunbar, family history enthusiast and managing director for, Canada's largest online family history website1, is available to discuss:

  • Why Canadians should elect to fill out the new long-form National Household Survey
  • What kind of data the long-form Census provides
  • What the new short-form census means for Canadians and what future generations will lose as a result
  • Why the long-form Census is critical to family history

This month one in three households will receive the voluntary National Household Survey. This will provide future generations with information on their ancestor's citizenship, ethnic origin, religion, education, employment, income, housing and other subjects. Census records are an invaluable resource for future generations looking to discover their roots and the ancestors that came before them.

Canada's leading family history website, has 128 million Canadian records in such collections as the complete Historical Canadian Censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813, Quebec Vital Records (The Drouin Collection), Canadian Passenger Lists and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings. was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Operations Inc.), which contains six billion records. To date more than 20 million family trees have been created and 2 billion names and 50 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of 5 March 2011)

1 comScore, 2010, based on genealogy related websites selected from the Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category


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