Next year, Canada Statistics will go to ask 250,000 Canadian homes some personal questions that have never been asked for them – and their honest answer is compulsory.
The agency carries out what is called in the "pilot" calculation next May and June to test questionnaires and procedures for the next full-scale calculation, set for 2021.
After more than one year of consultation with data users, Canada Statistics have decided to add detailed personal questions – and they need to ensure that they are answered appropriately to ensure that the test is valid.
That is why Canada's chief statistician, Anil Arora, has used a power that is used a little in the Statistics Act to state that the next year's pilot census is "mandatory information request."
Anyone who refuses to complete a compulsory census questionnaire, or "deliberately misleading or misleading information or practices, any other fraud," can be fined up to $ 500. (At the end of 2017, the Senate eliminated the old penalty : up to three months in jail.)
Arora justified his decision to mandate the pilot census compulsoryly in September and sent to the Navdeep Bains Industry Minister. "Voluntary tests in 2019," he told the minister, could "lead to incorrect or unexpected findings of many proposed changes to include the questionnaires."
The WBQ News received the notice under the Access to Information Act.
Canada Statistics cancasses academics and other users of census data from September 2017 to February 2018 on the new questions that were added in 2021. A report on the findings published in the bottom of next year.
Agency spokesman Peter Frayne refused to provide the new questions to CBS News, calling them "work in progress."
But the Arora to Bains notice indicates that they deal with sex and sex, among other subjects.
"Many of the changes proposed for 2021 affect smaller population groups (transsexual, sexually unparalleled, non-binary, language rights holders, ethnic groups, residents with a visa of work or students ; native populations, etc.), "he said.
Frayne said the new questions will also deal with veterans, general health status, religion, skills related to digital technology, and small changes are made to the questions asked in previous census years.
Under the Statistics Act, the federal cabinet must approve the last set of questions for the 2021 census but the 2019 pilot questions need to be approved only by the agency itself .
Canada statistics have carried out similar pre-calculation tests in the front, but a wider range of personal questions are set for 2019.
Recently, the agency argued when news came to the forefront that he intended to collect banking and credit information from banks on some 500,000 Canadians – part of another pilot project for 2019.
Later, Arora stopped the project when investigating the Canadian privacy commissioner, and the process that the office will say will take months. The financial data pilot was not suspended, unlike a census, a pilot of Canadians was not a pilot survey.
A spokesman for the Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien, said the office had been notified of the 2019 census pilot.
"We've had some very preliminary discussions with the Canadian Statistics for the 2019 census test and they have taken back to us with more information," Corey Larocque said in an email.
The answers are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act and it is kept confidential.– Canadian spokesperson Peter Frayne
In the past year, Arora authorized three other mandatory surveys – two of which stimulate businesses to provide data on mineral production and another related to global supply chains.
On January 25, 2018, the agency published its standards on definitions and uses for sex and sex, which will inform its coming census questions.
"Sex refers to the sex in which someone feels internally … and / or the gender that an individual expresses … in their everyday life, including in the work, shopping or accessing other services, in their housing environment or in the wider community, "said the standard for someone.
"Sex and sex refer to two different concepts. Warning should be given when comparing the count of sex with those for sex. For example, a woman is not the same as female sex."
The last census in 2016 did not give Canadians the option to respond to the sex question in a binary manner: the only acceptable answers were men & # 39; and female &
Frayne said that the 2019 pilot census will use electronic and paper formats, and some households will receive personal visits. The results will be saved secretly, "he added.
The WBQ News reported earlier this year that Canada Statistics had lost hundreds of sensitive files during the 2016 census process. Reports on incidents received through the Access to Information Act reported 20 breaches of information and privacy by Statistics Canada .
The Conservative government of Stephen Harper in 2010 allowed the Canadian census statistics calculations, scheduled for 2011, and some homes were required to provide more detailed information than in the standard census questionnaire.
"We do not believe it is appropriate to enforce Canadians to reveal extensive private and personal information," said Tony Clement, the then minister of that industry in justifying the move.
"We do not believe that Canadians should be forced under threat of fines, prisons, or both to disclose answers to questions like these: How many sick days did you last year Did you pay for those? was your total payments for your primary dwelling last year? Do you have any floor tiles that need to be repaired in your bathroom? "
The Liberal government rejected the decision and restored the long-term census for 2016.
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