Notice to all Musqueam residents:
Starting Tuesday, July 6, staff from Statistics Canada will be working on Musqueam Reserve to complete the 2021 Canadian Census.
If your household already completed the 2021 Census: Thank you for submitting your questionnaire! You will not be contacted.
If you have not completed the 2021 Census: Census staff (also called census enumerators) will contact you in the coming weeks to help you complete your questionnaire either online or in-person.
Musqueam Administration fully supports this initiative and encourages everyone to complete their census.
What is the census?
A census is a process to gather and record information about a population. The Canadian census happens once every five years. The results are used by governments, businesses and organizations to make informed decisions about programs and services like health care, employment and education. By law, every household must complete a 2021 Census of Population questionnaire.
Musqueam also conducts our own census that asks questions specific to our community. This happens separately from the Canadian census.
Why complete the 2021 Census?
There are many reasons it is important for Indigenous people to complete the Canadian census, including:
- Representation: The more Indigenous households that complete the survey, the more accurate a picture of the diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada.
- Funding: Government funding is directly tied to the census results. The more people who complete the questionnaire on reserve, the better we can lobby governments for more funding.
Will COVID-19 guidelines be followed?
All census enumerators are fully vaccinated. In addition, they will maintain physical distance and be double-masked (unless the temperature is 25 degrees or hotter). Enumerators will not enter homes unless necessary (e.g. physical limitations).
To learn more: https://census.gc.ca
Crew Leader– Census 2021
Statistics Canada / Government of Canada