Top source countries for newcomers
The NHS results showed that the Philippines was the leading country of birth among people who immigrated to Canada between 2006 and 2011.(3)
However, go to footnote (3). It reads:
(3) This result was not in line with administrative data from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada which provides the number of recent immigrants by their country of birth settling in Canada each year. A number of factors could explain this difference, such as the effects of sampling, response patterns, and under or over estimation of certain groups of recent immigrants in the NHS.
So in effect Stats Canada is saying that they cannot reliably tell us which country provided Canada the largest share of immigrats during the 2006/2011 period. A rather glaring flaw, if you ask me.
I'm sure the MSM will dutifully ignore any reliability issues.
The Harper gov't has no desire to have any scientific information going into their decision-making and I am sure they will deride the results since StatCan seems to be honestly pointing out how bad things may be. Oh obviosly those bureaucrats messed up our bright idea and we will have to go with gut feelings.
It was clear from the first that cancelling the Long Form was incredibly stupid: just what one would expect from this gov't. I wonder just how this is going to play out with a lot of right-wing people who rely on the census data to make reasonable decisions.
Actually CBC has touched on it already though I am not sure that they actually used the word "reliability", a technical term not everyone would recognize, but just how bad the survey looks was clear.
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