You Count so be Counted! - 2016 Census

You Count so be Counted banner with SUMA Amplify Our Voice logo and icons for a firehall, bridge, water tap, and trees with a recycling bin

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is reminding all eligible Saskatchewan residents to complete the 2016 long-form census to help shape the future of their communities and the services they rely on.

Local decision makers rely on the data collected through the census to make informed decisions that affect the lives of everyone who lives in their communities. 

YOU COUNT so be COUNTED!

Help us spread awareness of how important it is to complete the 2016 Census!

This hub includes a variety of resources on the 2016 Census including:
What is the census?
Who uses census data?
How is census data used?
How your community benefits from the 2016 Census
Additional census information
Media articles
Tools for urban municipalities to Amplify Our Voice
    Letter to the Editor
    Poster/Leaflet
    Social Media

What is the census?

Statistics Canada conducts a census every five years. The next census will take place in May 2016. Every household in Canada is included, as well as Canadians and their families who are working abroad for the federal and provincial governments, Canadian embassies, or the Canadian Armed Forces. All residents of Canada are legally required to complete either the short- or long-form census questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act. 

Who uses census data?

All orders of government, businesses, and various social service organizations and ethno-cultural organizations use information collected by the census. The census data is available to decision-makers as a basis for setting policies in various fields: education, health, welfare, dealing with various levels in the population, housing and development, transportation, and other services. 

How is census data used?

The census is designed to provide information about people in Canada based on their demographic, social and economic characteristics, and is the primary source of reliable demographic data for specific groups such as lone-parent families, seniors, new Canadians, and language groups. 
Census information is vital as it is used in the administration of government programs and in planning pensions, healthcare, employment programs, new schools, public transit, hospitals, daycare centres, and recreation facilities, to name just a few.
Examples

  • Population Count: This information is used to establish funding transfers from Gas Tax, Provincial Revenue Sharing and other funding programs. It is also vital to planning infrastructure projects such as water treatment facilities and schools. Census statistics help forecast the number of children who will be going to school, and is then used to ensure there are enough schools within the area.
  • Residency and Workplace: This information is used to plan commuting routes and anticipate future transport needs. This includes major upgrades and planning for streets, bridges, car parking and cycling lanes. 
  • Population Age/Sex Breakdown: This information is used to assess recreation needs in communities across the province and improve the services offered to residents. This includes leisure facilities, libraries and parks. Census data are also important in planning services for visitors, such as providing more recreational facilities or activities, depending on the characteristics of the population. Census data also provides information needed to support seniors in living independently at home. 
  • Family/Household Sizes and Composition: This is needed for community planning to establish services needed such as household waste removal, fire hall locations, policing requirements, and emergency planning (centres for evacuation, etc). 
  • Income Levels: This is important to assist with community planning such as accessible housing.
  • Cultural/Ethnic Make Up: This information helps with service delivery and leisure programs such as library programs and culturally sensitive programming.
  • Education Levels and Employment Profiles: This is used to assist with economic development promotion. Census data on education levels is essential for investors to have a thorough understanding of the local workforce and whether or not it will meet the educational requirements of potential businesses. 

How your community benefits from the 2016 Census

Additional census information:

Government of Canada 2016 Census Website 
Frequently Asked Questions on the Census
The Census and Confidentiality
The Census and You
Census Information in Other Languages
Want to make sure you don’t forget to complete your census? Sign up for a reminder from Statistics Canada.

Statistics Canada Twitter Page
Statistics Canada Facebook Page

Media articles

Why the census matters
The Tragedy of Canada’s Census

Tools for urban municipalities to Amplify Our Voice

The following tools have been developed for local mayors, councils and administrators to use to amplify our voice and to help educate residents about the census, the importance of completing it, and how census data is used to plan for the future needs of our urban municipalities.

Letter to the editor

This Word document is provided for you to personalize with your municipality's information and send to your local newspaper(s). 
Letter to the Editor 

Poster/Leaflet 

This 8 ½ x 11 document is provided for you to print and post or distribute throughout your community.
Poster/Leaflet 

Social Media

Throughout the month of May, we encourage you to share and retweet our social media content. We’ve also included a list of suggested hashtags to ensure our messages spread as widely as possible.
SUMA on Facebook
SUMA on Twitter

Recommended Hashtags:
#2016Census
#YouCountSoBeCounted
#skmuni
#cdnmuni
#skpoli 

You can also share the following banners through your community’s own Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.
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You Count so be Counted banner with SUMA Amplify Our Voice logo and icons for a firehall, bridge, water tap, and trees with a recycling bin
 

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