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Media advisory: Today is Census Day!

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May 10, 2011

OTTAWA — Today is Census Day! The 2011 Census will paint a statistical portrait of the nation.

Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services, such as schools, daycares, police and fire protection.

Respondents can fill in the census questionnaire online by using a secure access code. It’s easy and secure. Or, they can complete a paper questionnaire.

Information on how to complete the census, including the secure access code, can be found in the yellow census package received by each household or by calling the Census Help Line at 1-877-777-2011. TTY users may call 1-866-753-7083.

The 2011 Census consists of ten questions covering basic demographic characteristics, including age, sex, marital and common-law status, household relationships and language. There is also a question asking for the consent of respondents to release their personal census information to Library and Archives Canada after 92 years. 

Information provided on census questionnaires is kept strictly confidential. 

Statistics Canada thanks everyone who has already completed the census.

For more information, contact Media Relations at 613-951-4636.

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