Statement Article from  Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Restoring the long-form census

Ottawa, November 5, 2015—The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the following statement today:

"As we said throughout the election campaign, we are committed to making evidence-based decisions on programs and policies and to providing better and more timely services to Canadians.

"Our plan for open and fair government starts with the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. This is integral to implementing our plan for a strong and growing middle class.

"Today, Canadians are reclaiming their right to accurate and reliable information. With the 2016 Census of Population program, communities will once again have access to the high-quality data they require to make decisions that will truly reflect the needs of their people, businesses, institutions and organizations.

"We committed to setting a higher bar for openness and transparency in Ottawa. Government and its information must be open by default, and it is time to shine more light on government to make sure it remains focused on the people it was created to serve.

"With solid community information, together we will deliver a real and fair chance at success for all Canadians."

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