Letter on the Long Form Census to the Attention of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry

On June 26th, 2010, details of the 2011 Census of Population were published in the Canada Gazette (Vol. 144, No. 26) and news of the changes made to the Census has sparked a lively public debate. While the eight questions posed in the 2006 Census short form questionnaire will appear in the 2011 questionnaire, the mandatory long form questionnaire (sent to 1 in 5 Canadian households) has been eliminated without warning or consultation. This change in policy is of great concern to the membership of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association whose mission is to promote the interests of libraries in the Atlantic Provinces while fostering the development of librarians, library technicians and information professionals. Read more of this letter as published in the APLA Bulletin, 73(5) p.6.