The first results of the 1986 CENSUS are expected to be available in January, 1987. Final population and dwelling counts are expected in March, 1987, while progressive publication of data collected from sample households should begin by March, 1988.

The CENSUS is the most crucial source of information about Canada. Every day, its results are used in thousands of ways by governments, businesses, labour unions and managers, service organizations and individuals. Here's how.

Federal Transfer Payments: Every person not counted by the CENSUS can cost his or her province up to $900 in lost social services. That's because many provincial social programs - health, education, welfare, - depend on federal transfer payments. These, in turn, depend on population counts for each province.

Labour Force: The 1981 CENSUS showed that almost 65% of Canadians adults were in the labor force. It also provided valuable information about those Canadians' job skills. their education, age, income. Such data are crucial to planners responsible for developing employment policies and programs in both the public and private sectors.

Social Services Agencies: In 1981, married women had an average of 2.5 children each; 10 years before, they had had 2.75 children. CENSUS data that reveal social trends like this are needed by organizations which provide daycare centers, subsidized housing and other social services.

Women: Over 40% of Canadians women are in the labour force. Their average income - $8,414 - is less than half that of men's. CENSUS data are used to assess the expanding role of women in the economy and to plan affirmative action programs.

The CENSUS gives detailed statistical data on the demographic, social and economic conditions of Canadians at a single point in time, June 3; and because it asks the same basic questions every five years, it also provides important information about the changing fortunes of special groups, such as senior citizens, single parent families and young people. image



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