The deadline to complete your the 2016 census has come and gone. May 10th was the day you were to have completed the questionnaire.
As of Monday Stats Canada says over five million census questionnaires had already been received, most having been done online. If you couldn’t do it online, you were to ask for a paper version of it to be mailed to you.
Some Winnipeg residents have reported making that request, but have not received the copy. Help lines were busy all day Tuesday as well, offering no advice to those who were calling to find out what to do. Anita Westelake tells 680 CJOB that she tried since Tuesday at 1 p.m. to get through but continually got a recording saying to “try again at a later time.”
The Census 2016 website says you will be contacted if you didn’t get it done. You’ll likely get a written notice in the mail. They will phone you likely, as well, to ask if you need help filling it out.
It is the law for every household to complete the Census, done every five years. It’s Statistic Canada’s way of giving housing, child care, and education information to the government to help in making future decisions for neighbourhoods.