Ponoka included in Statistics Canada census test

In preparation for the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada finalized a census test questionnaire that will be distributed to households in and around Red Deer, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec on May 4, 2009

In preparation for the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada finalized a census test questionnaire that will be distributed to households in and around Red Deer, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec on May 4, 2009. The locations weren’t selected for any particular reasons. They were chosen based on the facts that they fit the Statistics Canada profile and represent the western and eastern regions and the English and French speaking populations of our country.

The census test serves to confirm the suitability of a new or modified question or the introduction of innovative procedures such as the Internet response. A new question will be added to the census questionnaires only after testing clearly demonstrates it to be effective and shows Canadians willingness and ability to answer it.

In Canada, a census of population is legally required every five years and is meant to be a reflection of Canada’s changing reality and as such, ensures users are informed of the ongoing transformation of our society. They are important to many users that include the government, hospitals, community organizations, lawyers, doctors, food banks, teachers, retirement homes, banks, students, professors, librarians, social service providers, religious groups, media, emergency services, police, farmers, advocacy groups, museums, day care facilitates, etc. While more information is still needed and is expected to become available shortly, the County of Ponoka will be included and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Ponoka, Charlie Cutforth, is glad.

“We didn’t agree with the numbers in the last census so we’re happy to participate in this one to correct those findings,” said Cutforth.

Staff is needed for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory jobs in the test areas. The temporary full and part-time jobs are ideal for students, recently retired persons, stay-at-home parents, and those wanting to supplement their income. For more information or to apply for one of these positions online, visit http://www12.statcan.ca/