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What you need to know about the return of the long-form census

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Justin Trudeau’s government is standing on its word and Canada is going back to the long-form census for 2016.

So what do you need to know?

Statistics Canada census manager Marc Hamel recognizes not all Canadians understand the country’s two official languages.

“The documents that have been produced in non-official languages are provided — 22 languages, to be exact. They’re available on the website.”

While only a small number of Canadians don’t participate, Hamel emphasizes skipping the process is not an option.

“What we’re trying to do is inform Canadians about why the census is so important. All kinds of decisions that affect them in their neighbourhoods [and the] services that they get from governments come from decisions that they make with census information.”

In 2011, 98 per cent of Canadians completed the census — half filed online.

Statistics Canada adds if you don’t complete the form, you can be fined up to $500 or spend three months in jail.