The Loss of the Long-Form Census and the effects on the ability to do Neighbourhood Analysis
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The Census is the only national public policy tool that collects data with a large enough sample size to report findings at small sub-municipal geographic scales. The loss of the long-form census may impede researchers and community based organizations from conducting neighbourhood analysis. Other surveys conducted by Statistics Canada do not have a large enough sample size to fill this gap. Canadians may be left with analyzes on a variety of public policy issues only at the city or metropolitan area scale. This would impede the ability for place based analysis and location specific action. Neighbourhood scale research using Census data will be discussed, The Cybercartographic Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness created at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research and other examples from community based research initiatives such as the Community Data Consortium will be presented. This will include maps and data about social issues in Canadian cities & metropolitan areas (e.g. Calgary, Toronto, Halton, Sault Ste. Marie, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, & others) to demonstrate the importance of local analysis. The impact of the loss for evidence based decision making for communities in Canada’s will be the key element of the discussion.
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