Dear Minister François-Philippe Champagne,
Whereas you are the minister in charge I know you are aware that a letter was sent by Statistics Canada to all Canadians dated May 3rd 2021 wanting people to go online and fill out the census questionnaire.
Everyone was told to have these questionnaires filled out by May 11th, 2021. This tight deadline is causing anxiety among the community of people living in poverty that I advocate for.
We all understand the importance of filling this out. However, as I am sure you already know, here in Nova Scotia we are in lockdown again because of COVID 19.
The people I advocate for through my journalism depend on resources such as the library to use the Internet. Many of us cannot afford to have internet access (or phones) at home.
Also, especially those of us who have learning disabilities and/or mental health issues depend on professional help from people who also accompany us during our Annual Reviews for income assistance at the department Of Community Services.
Some of the people who are part of my community are currently saying “We do not want to fill out this Census questionnaire without support.”
What is really scaring the community of people I advocate for is that they are being told by people who do not know their situations from a hole in the ground that filing the forms out is the law.
Anyway, I wanted to bring this issue to your attention and ask in this open letter if an extension can be granted to this May 11th deadline.
Kendall Worth is an award-winning anti-poverty activist who lives with disabilities and tries to make ends meet on income assistance.
Check out our new community calendar!
With a special thanks to our generous donors who make publication of the Nova Scotia Advocate possible.
Subscribe to the Nova Scotia Advocate weekly digest and never miss an article again. It’s free!