National Newswatch

Canada’s national statistical agency is hiring tens of thousands of employees as it prepares for the challenge of conducting a physically-distanced census during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release published this week, Statistics Canada said it’s overhauling its canvassing practices and looking to bring on 32,000 field staff to survey the Canadian population this spring.

StatsCan said it is striving for a “contact-free” census, with agency staff collecting the necessary information without coming into face-to-face contact with the public.

The census collects demographic information on every person living in Canada. The data is then used by governments, businesses, associations, community organizations and others to make evidence-based decisions at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

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