Government knows less about Canadian families after long-form census scrapped: AG

The short form census. (BOB TYMCZYSZYN/QMI AGENCY)

The short form census. (BOB TYMCZYSZYN/QMI AGENCY)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

OTTAWA -- In the absence of the long-form census, Statistics Canada knows less about average Canadian households than it did in the past, the auditor general says in his spring report.

Michael Ferguson gave Statistics Canada an overall passing grade, concluding the quality of data adheres to international standards.

But he also said the new voluntary national household survey collects significantly less information than the previously used long-form census. The Conservatives cancelled the mandatory long-form census in 2010.

About three million households filled out the national household survey in 2011.


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