Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:23AM EST
OTTAWA — The new Liberal government is making good on its promise to resurrect the mandatory long-form census survey cancelled by its Conservative predecessor.
Navdeep Bains, the new minister of innovation, science and economic development, made the announcement on Parliament Hill.
But neither Bains nor Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos would discuss specific consequences or penalties would be imposed to ensure the mandatory questionnaire is filled out.
Bains – who would only say that the law has not changed – says the government is reinstating the mandatory portion of the survey in order to produce “reliable, good-quality data.”
He says the previous Conservative government did away with the survey, replacing it with the voluntary National Household Survey, for ideological reasons rather than practical ones.
The next census, which takes place every five years, is scheduled to take place in 2016, with the data to be released the following year.