TORONTO, June 30, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Yesterday, Statistics Canada acknowledged that it has changed the Canadian Census, removing historically critical sections of the census form like ethnicity, education, employment, income, housing and disability. This information will now be gathered from a new, voluntary, National Household Survey, and will never be released publicly.
Speak to Ancestry.ca Managing Director Karen Peterson about what this means for Canadians and what future generations will lose from this decision.
"It is ludicrous to cite privacy concerns when you're talking about the Census," says Peterson. "Personal census information remains private for 92 years. Future generations of Canadians who want to research their ancestors will not be able to do so with this new Census form. We are effectively erasing ourselves from history."
Officially Canada's leading website for family history resources, Ancestry.ca has 126 million Canadian records in such collections as the complete Historical Canadian Censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813, Quebec vital Records (The Drouin Collection), Canadian Passenger Lists and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings.
Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains five billion records. To date more than 17 million family trees have been created and 1.7 billion names and 35 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of June 1, 2010)
The Ancestry global network of family history websites - www.ancestry.ca in Canada