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The Canadian Census of Population: a Review in Preparation for 2016. UNECE Group of Experts on Population and Housing Censuses May 23, 2012. Mandate and Scope of Review. Mandate

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the canadian census of population a review in preparation for 2016

The Canadian Census of Population: a Review in Preparation for 2016

UNECE Group of Experts on Population and Housing Censuses

May 23, 2012

mandate and scope of review
Mandate and Scope of Review
  • Mandate
    • Study options on the methodology and ultimately deliver a recommendation to the federal government for the 2016 Census program
  • In scope : Four components assessed and integrated into an option analysis report
    • Legislative
    • Content determination framework
    • “Canadian context”
    • Methodology
  • Out of scope: detailed methods, content and costing

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legislative
Legislative
  • Decennial Census
    • A requirement under the Canadian Constitution Act
  • Quinquennial census
    • Constitution Act requires quinquennial census for the Prairie Provinces
    • Statistics Act requires Canadian quinquennial census since 1970
  • Definition of a census of population

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framework
Framework
  • Sequential approach to assess or build census/NHS methodology options incl. content

* External and internal needs

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consultation on uses
Consultation on uses
  • Feedback sought from
    • Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments
    • Aboriginal organizations
    • Selected direct end-users and secondary distributors and 'umbrella' org. in non-profit and business sectors
  • Uses/data requirements
    • Statutory, program and other requirements
    • Topics (by order of priority)
    • Level of geography / Sub-populations
    • Trends
    • Multivariate

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methodology
Methodology
  • Approach 1 – traditional census
  • A collection of data from all households on individuals, at a specific point-in-time, constitutes the spine
  • May involve some sampling for characteristics
  • The collection modes may vary; some data may be replaced by administrative data

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methodology1
Methodology
  • Approach 2 – census employing existing administrative registers
  • A set of data first collected for administrative purposes and linked together constitutes the spine
  • Can be supplemented by surveys (census or sample)

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methodology2
Methodology
  • Approach 3 – census employing continuous measurements
  • A collection of data from the individuals, where all or a part of it is collected on a continuous basis
  • May involve some sampling
  • The collection modes may vary; some data may be replaced by administrative data

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conclusion
Conclusion
  • A traditional census is the only possible option for 2016
  • The presence or absence of a voluntary component remains an open question until the data qualities studies are completed for the National Household Survey.

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lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Such a review requires a dedicated team (separate from production teams)
  • Requires key knowledgeable resources
  • Organisational buy-in is important – senior management governance
  • External validation is desirable
  • Highlighted the importance of international networks

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project contacts
Project contacts

For more information, please contact:

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