Federal government witholding 1921 Census

UPDATE: The 1921 Census was finally released, and is available through ancestry.ca under an agreement with the LAC.

Elizabeth Lapointe in her blog Genealogy Canada, reports that the 1921 Census is ready for release … it is already digitised and prepared to be put on the LibraryArchives Canada website, ready, in fact, since 12 June.

Apparently, the Federal Government has decided to withold the Census.

The word leaked to her from an LAC employee is that the best way to get things back on track is to contact Heritage Minister James Moore and urge the release NOW.

Minister Moore’s mailing address is:

The Hon. James Moore,

Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages,

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Remember, there is no postage required for sending snail-mail to MPs from within Canada.

His telephone number is 613-992-9650, and his fax number is 613-992-9868.

His email james.moore@parl.gc.ca


Here is my email sent tonight:

Dear Minister Moore,

There is nothing more important to preserving the heritage of Canada than to be able to tell the story of its history and pass that story along.

Historians, genealogists and average folk who want to research their history need to be able to have access to the digitised 1921 Census already prepared for release by LibraryArchives Canada.

I urge you to give the OK for the immediate release of the census on the LAC website today.

There is absolutely no legal or practical reason to delay its release.

Looking forward to a speedy resolution of this matter through your efforts,


Shaun OConnor

from:  ottawafamilytree@gmail.com
to:  james.moore@parl.gc.ca
date:  Tue, Jun 18, 2013
subject:  1921 Census release

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