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AfriGeneas Canada Research Forum

Post 1901 Census Project - Letters Needed!

In a nutshell:

Statistics Canada, the agency charged with the responsibility of collecting the Census of Canada every five years, has taken the position that no public access will be allowed to individual Census records taken after 1901. They have refused to transfer control of these records to the National Archives which would then permit the National Archives to allow public access to them 92 year after collection. Statistics Canada's position is that the release of individual census records is explicitly prohibited by law for all censuses following 1901. This position is based on a series of legal opinions obtained from Justice Canada from 1981 - 1985.

Genealogists all over Canada and the U.S. have been signing online petitions and writing letters to government officials demanding that these records be released, but more still needs to be done.

We suggest you write a letter to:
Gordon A. Watts
1455 Delia Drive
Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 2V9


Muriel M. Davidson
25 Crestview Avenue
Brampton, ON L6W 2R8

Sample letters can be found at the link listed below. Please state in your letter that you are or are not a Canadian citizen.

Even if you've participated in an online petition in the past, I strongly urge you to WRITE A LETTER and let them know that census recores are an essential source to historians and genealogists, providing information needed to trace our family histories, and that you fully support the efforts of citizens and residents of Canada in pursuing their family history, and to release to the public, post 1901 census records.

We CAN make a difference.

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, California

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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