$500 fine or 3 months jail for not completing census form

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If despite all the reminders to send in your census questionnaire you still fail to do so, be prepared for a $500 fine and/or spend three months in prison, according to the Statistics Act. If you don’t make the deadline though, don’t stress. Statistics Canada will be sending out reminders throughout May and June to households who have not yet completed the census.

Stats Canada is asking households which have not completed their census to submit their questionnaire as soon as possible. Answers to the census questions should reflect the household situation on May 10, 2016. All residents of Canada are legally required to complete the census questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act.

Census staff will begin contacting households that have not completed their census questionnaire in person or by phone. All census staff carry an identification card with them at all times, or will clearly identify themselves on the telephone and explain the purpose of their call.

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Census information is used in making decisions—for communities, provinces and territories, and the country as a whole. More information on the 2016 Census can be found on the census website.

The last long-form census was done in 2006, 10 years ago. It was cancelled by the Conservative government and replaced with a voluntary questionnaire, the National Household Survey, in 2011. However, because it was voluntary, a lot of people didn’t fill it out. Over 26 per cent of surveys weren’t returned, compared to 6.5 per cent of 2006’s mandatory long-form census.

Very poor people, very rich people, and those in less-dense neighbourhoods were less likely to fill out the survey, according to a Global News analysis of response rates.

If for whatever reason you have misplaced or have difficulty filling out the census questionnaire, call 1-855-700-2016 for assistance. – CINEWS

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