It takes time to complete, but many say it’s valuable data.
The Liberal Party announced it would bring back the long-form census for 2016 after it was scrapped by the Conservatives five years ago.
Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker of the Canadian Psychological Association says the long-form census is going to give psychologists and researchers answers they need to provide the right services to the people who need it.
She says the voluntary household survey that took its place wasn’t good enough and didn’t answer the important questions.
“Where is the given Aboriginal population that we can provide services to? Where are our homeless youth, for example, our youth that are at risk of homelessness. How can we direct our research questions and our services towards those populations?”
Dr. Votta-Bleeker hopes new data can shed some light on where services are needed, especially in rural areas.