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Need Work? Stats Canada Hiring Census Takers

Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 3:50 AM

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.”


You apply, take their aptitude test then they tell you we will let you know at the end of April ? People are looking for work, how many that are being considered now are still going to be avaliable in 6-8 weeks.

    These positions aren’t meant to be full time. If that’s what you’re looking for this isn’t really what you want.

Agree … but 6-8 weeks is a long notification period.

    It’s the government. They do everything in slow motion.

Taking your jeep in at three. Text me if you need a ride.

Still makes more than an apprentice Electrician, there’s something wrong with that. I’m making 17.30 an hour and I keep getting pay cuts too find work tough times I guess

    The time when all those hundreds of thousands of highly skilled people are needed has obviously not arrived yet.

    Just think of what you can look forward to. $50/hour as a ticketed electrician 5+ years from now.

      Keep dreaming. Better to remain an apprentice. Your employer can still afford to hire you for most of what the jobs he’s going to get are going to be able to pay.

    Keep plugging away at it! Good things come to those who aren’t afraid of some good old fashioned hard work.

      I agree! When I started working in my chosen field, I was making less than half of what someone doing cleanup at a mill made. Not so anymore. The time you are putting in now is an investment. It will pay off.

So is anyone else trying figure out how many hours each of the 35,000 workers will put in at $16 to $20/hr plus all the additional costs?

Will our taxes go up to pay for this or are they going to let the kids (and probably grandkids) pay for this? I hope it’s worth it.

    It’s ridiculous. The information collected will already be out of date by the time it’s ‘meaningfully’ assessed.

    Some social credit for marginalized citizens to get some meaningful information for decision makers is a good thing IMO. It’s a win win.

It’s fantastic information for the government to have access to.

When you are trying to create jobs, build infrastructure, set up transit, etc you should really know the education level of the areas you’re looking at, income trends and such information that helps you make informed decisions rather than blind guesses.

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