May 10, 2006
At its meeting today, following a presentation by Statistics Canada, Mississauga City Council stressed the importance of having accurate local census data and strongly encouraged all residents to take part in this year's national census on May 16.
"By completing the census questionnaire, every resident has a positive impact on our community," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Census information is an invaluable tool for planning City services and programs to meet residents' needs. Accurate population data also ensures that Mississauga gets its fair share of funding from other levels of government."
She explained that two government grant programs are based on population statistics. Allocation of the federal gas tax is based 100 per cent on population and the provincial gas tax is allocated based on ridership (70 per cent) and population (30 per cent). The total combined gas tax funding will amount to approximately $88 per capita once both programs are fully implemented by 2010. In addition, the 2006 Federal Budget introduced more infrastructure funding programs for transit with $1.3 billion that will be distributed on a per capita basis.
According to Statistics Canada, the census includes every man, woman and child living in Canada as well as anyone who holds a temporary resident permit, study or work permit as well as their dependents.
Questionnaires have been delivered by mail to residents and may be returned on or before census day by mail or, for the first time this census year, may be completed online at www.census2006.ca. Free public use computers are available at all 17 City library locations. Please refer to your City of Mississauga Active Mississauga publication, the telephone book blue pages, or call the City's information line at 905-896-5000 for a complete list of library locations.
Statistics Canada will provide a free, multilingual service to assist residents who need assistance filling in their census questionnaires, who have questions about the census, or who would like to obtain census questions in a non-official language. (Census questions have been translated into more than 60 languages). The Census Help Line can be reached by calling 1-877-594-2006 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hearing impaired TTY/TDD users can call 1-888-243-0730.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is recognized as Canada's safest city.
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