An Act to amend the Statistics Act (mandatory long-form census questionnaire)

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Carolyn Bennett  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013

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This enactment amends the Statistics Act to provide that the census of population taken under section 19 of that Act must be taken using a long-form census questionnaire that conforms substantially, in length and substantive scope, to the census questionnaires starting in 1971 and at intervals thereafter to meet the requirements of that section. This enactment also removes the punishment of imprisonment for a person convicted of the offence of providing false or misleading information.


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Statistics Act
Routine Proceedings

June 23rd, 2011 / 10:10 a.m.
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Carolyn Bennett St. Paul's, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-260, An Act to amend the Statistics Act (mandatory long-form census questionnaire).

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to reintroduce the bill. It would enshrine the mandatory long form census into the Statistics Act so that never again would we have a census without the comparable data, which unfortunately happened this year. At least in the 2016 census there would be comparable data to 2006 and we would know whether or not our programs were working.

It puts the count in accountability. We hope that members opposite who care about accountability will understand the folly of removing the mandatory long form census and will support this bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)