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posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011
The 2011 Census and medical professionals (as provided by Statistics Canada)
Canada’s next census will be held in May 2011. Early in May, yellow census packages will be delivered to every dwelling in Canada, providing residents the information they need to complete the census online or on paper. Completed questionnaires will provide valuable information that will be used to make decisions about your neighbourhood and community.
Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services such as schools, daycare, police services and fire protection.
Every person, young and old, must be included in the 2011 Census. As a medical professional, it is important that you not only complete the census and the National Household Survey (NHS), but that you encourage your colleagues and patients to participate in the census and the NHS as well. A complete census count means better services.
For more information about the 2011 Census, visit www.census2011.gc.ca.
National Household Survey
In addition to the 2011 Census, some residents will be asked to participate in the new National Household Survey (NHS). The information collected in the NHS will provide data to plan and support family services, housing, roads and public transportation, and skills training for employment.
This information will help paint a detailed and comprehensive picture of Canadian society. If you receive the NHS, support your community and complete the survey.
The data collected in the NHS will be widely used at the provincial level to forecast health-care needs and costs, choose sites for new health-care services, and measure the need for medical research programs, medical services, and social services.
The NHS will collect the same information that was collected by the 2006 Census long-form questionnaire. That questionnaire offers some interesting facts about health occupations in Canada:
• There were 950,360 people working in health occupations across Canada in 2006, compared to 812,200 people in 2001.
• There were 192,155 people working in professional occupations in health across Canada in 2006, compared to 171,155 people in 2001. Professional occupations in health include physicians, dentists and veterinarians.
• There were 42,905 general practitioners and family physicians across Canada in 2006, compared to 41,435
• There were 33,005 specialist physicians across Canada in 2006, compared to 24,090 in 2001.
For more information about the NHS, visit www.nhs.statcan.gc.ca.