By: Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Statistics Canada is preparing to conduct the next census in May 2021 and is hiring to fill 32,000 jobs across the country. These positions are being filled in both large and small communities to collect vital data to be used in planning for community resources such as schools, daycares, hospitals, emergency services, and roads.
Existing census procedures have been adapted to protect both the respondents and the census employees in light of COVID-19 by limiting the amount of contact required during this process. These adaptations will allow most Canadians to complete the census questionnaire through a secure online application.
Statistics Canada will provide all of the equipment needed to protect census employees in regards to COVID-19. Employees will be working in their local communities to limit the risks of travelling during the pandemic. Census employees will identify residences on maps, make phone calls to follow up with respondents, and conduct physically-distanced interviews when needed.
There are both supervisory and non-supervisory positions available between March and July 2021, paying between $17.83 and $21.77 per hour. Employees will need to attend paid mandatory training. All employees will be paid for authorized expenses.
Eligible applicants must be:
· 18 or older
· A Canadian citizen or eligible to work in Canada
· Flexible and able to work 20 – 40 hours per week
More information is available at https://census.gc.ca/jobs-emplois-eng.htm