Showing posts with label Canadian census. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canadian census. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Canadian Census - 2006

There has been talk the last couple days in the media about the 2006 Canadian Census not counting nearly a million people that they should have counted.

It's true! If you check Wikipedia <>, you will see that the population count in 2006 was 31,612,897 and that was lower than actual count in 2006 - 32,623,490 people.

That is over a million short - someone didn't fill out their census return!

This is made even more odd by the fact that this was the first year that the form were offered online and you could fill it there. It will be interesting to see what Census Canada does with this problem!

Meanwhile, Question 53 is still up in the air and hasn't been resolved, according to genealogists. Statistics Canada agrees to release the Census information after 92 years, but it will only be information by those people who have checked the box.

The statistics show that there was a "yes" reponse by 55.50% of the population - the highest being in PEI, with 64.50%.

If you have't read the blog of Nov 16th where I talk about and FamilySearch partnering on indexing and digitizing the census from 1851 to 1916, go to the blog <> and take a look - it's interesting.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Joint Initiative Provides Online Access to Canadian Censuses and FamilySearch International made an announcement on Nov 11th that they will partner on the digitized and indexing of the Canadian census.

The press release says that the "joint initiative will allow the organizations to improve online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses".

As apart of the agreement, will provide images and index to for censuses 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1916, and will provide images and index to for the 1851, 1891, 1901, and 1906 Census.

Notice that nowhere is the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) mentioned. The LAC originally held the census records on microfilm (being transferred to them by StatsCan), but through agreements with and, they seemed to have lost control over them in how they are used.

And it looks like the "free" search on is about to come to an end. The press release says that the images "will be free to all qualified (those people who have done transcription work for FamilySearch members and at all FamilySearch family history centers".