May 10, 2016
By Jane Brown
If you’ve been putting off filling out your census questionnaire, you have until end of day today to get it done.
Today is the official Census Day across Canada.
Statistics Canada designates a specific census date so that Canadians who move or marry around the time of the census, for example, can fill out their information based on their situation on May 10th and not any other date.
As of Monday May 9th, over 5-million census questionnaires had already been received, with a majority of them filed online.
Starting Wednesday May 11th, Statistics Canada will begin reminding those who haven’t submitted their questionnaire, because like it says on the envelope, “it’s the law.”
The number of Canadians who outright refuse to fill out their census form is normally very low. But the few who do refuse face a fine of up to $500 or up to three months in jail.
During the 2011 census, 89 year old Ontario resident Audrey Tobias said she would not fill out the census because an information technology contract linked to it had been awarded to U.S. company Lockheed Martin. Tobias was charged with violating the Statistics Act, but eventually acquitted.