This voluntary, self-administered survey was introduced as a replacement for the cancelled, mandatory Long Form Census, more widely known as Census Form 2B.
Statistics Canada and other experts have expressed concerns about the quality of some of the data, see related links below.
The 2011 National Household Survey analytical documents provide a national overview of key findings from the 2011 National Household Survey. Where applicable, this analysis is complemented with short articles on specific topics of interest in the NHS in Brief series. Also, highlights are available for various levels of geography through the NHS Focus on Geography Series.
Related news links:
Experts debate how much National Household Survey statistics count, Globe and Mail, 7
Highlights from Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey, Ottawa Citizen, 8 May 13
Data gaps mark National Household Survey, Statistics Canada warns, Montreal Gazette, 8 May 13
This morning's census, dimmed by Ottawa, shows the need for good data, Globe and Mail, 8 May 13
‘Tragic' number of aboriginal children in foster care stuns even the experts, Vancouver Sun, 8 May 13