The following information on the 2016 Census is from the City of Vancouver but includes general helpful info:
Dear Community Partners:
As you are aware, the 2016 Census is officially underway!
In an effort to encourage all Vancouver residents to participate in this year’s Census, we ask you to share the following information with your colleagues and clients. Among other things, people may not be aware that, in addition to English and French, the questions are available here in 11 ethnic languages and 11 aboriginal languages, as well as in braille, audio and sign language (video). It is important to note that the questions are translated for reference purposes only. The census questionnaire must be completed online or on paper, in either English or French. The census paper questionnaire can be obtained in large print format by calling the Census Help Line at 1-855-700-2016.
Statistics Canada staff will also go out into the community and give presentations on request: please contact Peter Liang at Peter.Liang@canada.ca or 604.366.7597.
- Mailout of letters to all households in Statistics Canada database about has already taken place (May 2nd).
- Any household not receiving a letter should call the Census help line at: 1-855-700-2016 or TTY 1-866-753-7083. In particular in Vancouver, many secondary suites may not be known to Statistics Canada, and we’d really like their information to be collected.
- In-person enumeration and follow up will take place over the next few months.
Making the Census Accessible
- Census help line: The Census Help Line operates Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting May 2, 2016. The census help line will answer questions in non-official languages as able.
- Anyone can request a printed copy of the questionnaire if they are unable to complete it online.
- Accommodation for people with sensory disabilities: http://www.census.gc.ca/ccr16h/ccr16h_001-eng.html
- Multilingual fact sheets and translations of the questionnaire: http://www.census.gc.ca/ccr16f/ccr16f_000-eng.html
Content of the Questions
- Completing the census is mandatory.
- No personal information is published (until 2108, if people give permission to future researchers) and it’s not used for anything but statistical purposes.
- The census isn’t perfect, and some questions may not include everyone: In particular, persons not identifying as either male or female should leave the sex question blank but must add an explanatory note in the comments section: http://www.census.gc.ca/ccr16c/ccr16c_010-eng.html#a73.
- There are city resources that can help with some of the long-form questions: In particular, people can use Vanmap to look up the year their dwelling was built and what its assessed value is.
- Statistics Canada is still hiring field staff to collect data. People may apply if they are 18 years of age or older and are eligible to work in Canada as a citizen, permanent resident or temporary resident with a work permit.
- More information about the hiring process is available online: http://www.census.gc.ca/ccr16d/ccr16d_000-eng.html.
By Andrew Sakamoto
Executive Director, TRAC
TRAC provides information on residential tenancy law to tenants and advocates across British Columbia. Our services include a Tenant Infoline, legal education workshops, multilingual publications and a website/social media. We work with all levels of government, other community organizations and the general public to promote the legal protection of tenants and the availability of affordable rental housing in BC.
As a small organization with a provincial mandate, we rely on technology to help us educate communities across the province. One way we do is by making our resources accessible through Clicklaw.
Recently, we also launched our new website! The design is modern and clean, and our content has been organized in a way that allows users to quickly find answers to their legal questions.
Here are some of the highlights of our new site:
- Tenant Survival Guide – One of the most popular legal publications in the province, our TSG offers a comprehensive yet plain language overview of tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities.
- Template Letters –When issues arise during a tenancy, tenants should communicate their concerns to their landlord on paper. TRAC offers 27 template letters to use as a starting point.
- Tenant Info Pamphlets – TRAC has created a pamphlet that covers the fundamentals of residential tenancy law, and translated it into 18 languages. For tenants whose first language is not English, this is where to look.
- All content pages on our website can be printed as nicely formatted fact sheets. Online information is important, but so are hardcopy resources. Feel free to print and distribute our fact sheets to friends, family members, clients and landlords
This plain language booklet co-produced by West Coast LEAF and Legal Services Society gives a general overview of some of the financial issues that arise during separation and divorce. Laura Track from West Coast LEAF wrote a blog post about this back in February. In addition to English version, this resource is now available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Punjabi, Spanish and Tagalog.
Kinbrace is a community-based organization that provides refugees with housing and support. They’ve recently updated their guide, Refugee Hearing Preparation: A Guide for Refugee Claimants. This resource is now available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified) and Arabic.
“I went through the Guide again and again before my refugee hearing. The step-by-step instructions, timeline, and recommendations were so useful for me. It’s friendly and relieved my stress.”
— Ioann, Convention Refugee in Canada
The guide can be used to:
- learn key refugee legal issues
- track your refugee claim on the right timeline
- learn strategies to help prepare for your refugee hearing
- complete the hearing preparation checklist
- get answers to frequently asked questions
- find legal and community resources in Metro Vancouver
The guide, updated in 2014, now includes more detail. Fran from Kinbrace describes it as “…interactive. Claimants can track the fast paced timelines that are in place under the new refugee claim process with their own due dates, take note of the evidence that they have on each issue and use the checklists for submitting the refugee application form and for submitting evidence to the Immigration and Refugee Board.”
This guide and other resources for refugees in BC can be found through the Clicklaw website.
One of the most popular family law resources in BC is Living Together or Living Apart, produced by Clicklaw contributor Legal Services Society. This 100-page booklet was completed revised in 2013 to reflect the changes in family law that came with the introduction of the Family Law Act.
The latest edition of Living Together or Living Apart is now available in five additional languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Punjabi, and Spanish.
Please note that previous editions dated before 2013 are now out of date and should be recycled.
Living Together or Living Apart provides an excellent overview of family law issues for people who are married or living in common-law relationships, including options available to you if you separate. It has specific sections on:
- Making agreements without going to court,
- Information about parental responsibilities, parenting time, parenting arrangements and contact with a child,
- Going to court if you can’t agree,
- Getting a divorce,
- How the law may be different for Aboriginal people, and
- Special concerns for immigrants to Canada.
This booklet and other public legal education and information resources are available to read online through Clicklaw.
Print copies of Living Together or Living Apart can be ordered for free through Crown Publications. Visit http://www.crownpub.bc.ca (under Quick Links, click BC Public Legal Education & Information)