The Data Drought is Over
Boards, leaders and Canadian citizens in all walks are more than happy with the return of the Long Form Census and Statistics Canada’s release of 2016 Census Data as of today! After the fiasco of ‘short-form only’ data results, planners and service providers in every field can now base decisions on real, comprehensive data. Here are examples of 2016 census data now available: Browse by Subject
Below is a table of the Canadian 2016 Census Program release schedule.
Why do We Care? We need key information for planning, development and improvement of our quality of life. Effective decision-making by governance and leadership teams is based on information that is:
With the above data in hand we can more effectively plan services, improve our quality of life and solve problems.
Democracy and Statistical information
Good stats and democracy are linked: this linkage is the basis for a healthy society, as we the people can evaluate decisions made by our governance teams, and government at all levels. Good data helps us know whether or not our leaders are serving effectively. Examples:
- When planning a health system change, data about the number and age of people and the health conditions they have or will have, helps predict usage of services as well as needs emerging. This is key in justifying cost.
- Planning an education system? You will need to forecast the number of students likely to need schools, to plan for building schools in the best locations.
- Starting a not for profit agency? Census data will help you decide the best governance matrix, or board member mix you will want to democratically install, to fulfill your agency’s mandate.
2016 Census Program release schedule
|Release dates, 2016 Census Program|
|Release date||Release topic|
|February 8, 2017||Population and dwelling counts|
|May 3, 2017||Age and sex
Type of dwelling
|May 10, 2017||Census of Agriculture|
|August 2, 2017||Families, households and marital status
|September 13, 2017||Income|
|October 25, 2017||Immigration and ethnocultural diversity
|November 29, 2017||Education
Journey to work
Language of work
Mobility and migration
|Release dates, 2016 Census geography products|
|Release date||Census geography products|
|November 16, 2016||
|February 8, 2017||
Have a great week!
Gisele Guenard, Principal – VisionarEase & associates
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