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Mayor Watts Encourages Residents to Participate in 2011 Census

May 10, 2011

Surrey – Today is Census Day in Canada and the City of Surrey is encouraging residents to fill out the Census form and participate in the national survey.

"The amount of funding we receive from other levels of government is determined by the information collected through the Census, so it’s very important for our community that every household fills out the short questionnaire,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Surrey has continually been underfunded because the Census produced inaccurate population numbers. A low population count is particularly damaging for Surrey because our city is growing so rapidly and the data is only collected once every five years.”

The Census questions cover basic demographic characteristics such as age, sex, marital and common-law status, household relationships and mother tongue. The information is used to plan for schools, daycare, public transportation, police services and fire protection.

Information previously collected by the mandatory long-form census questionnaire will be collected as part of the new voluntary National Household Survey, which will provide data to support government programs directed at target populations.

The Census aims to count every person living in Canada, including:

  • Canadian citizens
  • landed immigrants
  • refugees and people claiming refugee status
  • people with work permits, study permits or other temporary residence permits

You can participate in the 2011 Census by filling out the yellow Census package mailed to households, or by going online at

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor