More on the voluntary National Household Survey (Canada)

The flaws of a voluntary National Household Survey
Stephen Gordon | Globe and Mail Blog
February 13, 2012
This article discusses how some voluntary Canadian surveys have used the census long-form data to re-weight/benchmark the data. This can no longer be done because the 2011 census long-form, e.g., National Household Survey, was a voluntary survey.

Fresh 2011 numbers rekindling Canada’s love affair with census
Heather Scoffield | The Canada Press
February 7, 2012

The census attempts to tell Canadians not only how many we are, but also who we are – about our housing, our origins, our religion, our habits, our work and our quality of life.

It is so central to our daily lives that when news of Stephen Harper’s decision to cancel the long-form portion of the census broke in the dog days of the summer of 2010, it became a national scandal. Community development groups, charities, academics, municipalities, researchers and think-tanks came out of the woodwork in droves to proclaim the importance of the data.

. . .data-watchers are leery about how useful and how pertinent the new information will be

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