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Census for the last 40 years?

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JaneyCanuck Report 15 Jul 2008 23:54

Ours here are by mail. The person only comes to the door if you're very delinquent in returning the form ... which we usually are ...

This time, 2006, there was a stink because the govt had outsourced the data processing to Lockheed Martin -- a US firm, therefore no guarantee of data protection, and of course Cdn taxpayer money spent abroad on something as national as a census.

I see someone has been prosecuted for refusing to file. We engaged in "minimum cooperation":

- filed on paper, not on line
- filed separate form for each person in household
- spilled coffee on the form
- wrote several sections upside down in the boxes for block letters so it could not be machine read

I want to be in the census, and I want everybody to be in the census, but I frankly don't want Lockheed Martin having my or anyone else's data.

Of course the worst part here is that now, unless you tick off the "yes" box, your personal info will not be disclosed ever, not even after 96 years. Well, I figure that's lots of time for people who didn't check the box to die and the law to be changed. ;)

*Helen S

*Helen S Report 15 Jul 2008 23:38

I decided to put myself down first instead of wife of..I run the bloody house. OH couldn't have cared less.

~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~  **007 1/2**

~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 15 Jul 2008 23:35

I remember them coming around I I knew someone at work who was an enumerator.


Julie Report 15 Jul 2008 23:33

I don't remember filling one in

*Helen S

*Helen S Report 15 Jul 2008 23:31

When I did mine in 2001, I was pregnant with youngest and thought it was a shame she wouldn't be on it.
In 1991 my ex was an innumerator, He gave the forms out and collected them in and sorted them (well I did most of that to be honest). There was envelopes to send the forms in for those who didn't want the ennumerator to see their forms,
I don't know if this was standard for the whole country tho.
In 2001 it was postal for us too.


♥Apprentice♥Tree♥Maker♥ Report 15 Jul 2008 23:13

This is a copy of the form issued in England in 2001:

For more information:


Hoobity Report 15 Jul 2008 09:02

Thats the one Claire, it caused a lot of agro too because of the info they wanted people to add and if you didn't fill it in they were going to fine folk, I think it was £1000.

°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o°

°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o° Report 15 Jul 2008 08:58

2001 census isn't that the one where lots of pople put their religion down as Trekies?


Harpstrings Report 15 Jul 2008 08:57

Thats very interesting, I cannot remember doing one for 2001 or possibly 1991.

I suppose I must have done, is it possible for anybody to see the census they returned, would no mind a copy of mine?

Tina x

Devon Dweller

Devon Dweller Report 14 Jul 2008 23:48

I remember them done via the post


♥Apprentice♥Tree♥Maker♥ Report 14 Jul 2008 23:43

If my memory serves me right, it was done through the post in 1991, I don't remember anything for 2001.


AnnCardiff Report 14 Jul 2008 23:40

well I've been in my house for 38 years and can only recall having a census form to fill in once!!

♥Betty Boo from Dundee♥

♥Betty Boo from Dundee♥ Report 14 Jul 2008 23:37


Bet you all got a shock with that heading??

Anyway as you all know I live in Scotland, I have also lived in the same house for 40 years.
Not once have we had someone come round to do a census, we have however been sent forms from the local council office to complete and return for the census.
Don't they have people come round the doors doing census anymore??