Need Work? Stats Canada Hiring Census Takers
Prince George, B.C. – Those looking for some spare coin may be in luck.
Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 35,000 census takers across Canada including dozens in the Fraser Fort George region.
Kwong Wong, assistant regional director for Census in BC and the Yukon, says recruitment here has gotten off to a slow start.
“The numbers are low and not where we’d like it to be,” he says. “So therefore we’re calling out to applicants to start applying for our 82 enumerative positions.”
He says the work involves a range of duties.
“The enumerative position is to follow-up and complete questionnaires with respondents,” says Wong.
“In some areas enumerators also deliver questionnaires to each dwelling. In other cases they may be required to complete questionnaires in person or by telephone interviews.”
The position pays in the range of $16.31 to $19.91 an hour, plus authorized expenses and hiring will take place now through this August.
In order to qualify for a job you must be at least 18 years old, be a Canadian citizen or be in possession of a valid work permit or have permanent resident status.
Applicants must also be prepared to work long days including evenings, weekends and holidays.
Computer skills and access to the internet are considered assets while a drivers license and access to a vehicle is required in some areas as well.
“We are looking for applicants with a variety of backgrounds,” says Wong. “But it’s definitely appealing to students because of the timing and homemakers and also for retirees.”
He says the best way to apply for a position is online (which you can do by clicking here) or by calling them toll-free at 1-877-325-2016.
All of this after the Liberal government announced last November it would be reinstating the mandatory long-form census, cancelled by the previous Conservative government in 2010.
“This is to meet the ever growing information needs of Canadians and to provide high quality data at the local level,” says Wong.
“This provides communities the information to make decisions on services such as schools, roads, health care, policing, transit and social services.”