OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the following statement today:

"Collection for the 2016 Census will begin today when Canadians start receiving their Census packages in the mail.

"This year marks the 350th anniversary of the first census in New France, a great milestone in our country's history and for our democracy.

"The 2016 Census will paint a detailed picture of the nation and the communities in which we live. Accurate and reliable data is needed to plan services such as child care, schooling, family services, housing, public transportation and skills training for employment.

"Canadians can help make a lasting contribution to Canada and its people by completing their census online or on paper. A Help Line will provide telephone assistance to those who require it.

"I am proud of our government's decision to reinstate the mandatory long-form census, ensuring that Canada's national statistical system remains strong. We are committed to evidence-based decision making and to making available the data needed by organizations and by governments to make informed decisions.

"We're counting on all Canadians to participate in the census and provide evidence to help shape services and programs for our nation."

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Contact Information:

Philip Proulx
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation,
Science and Economic Development

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada