Statistics Canada admits that there was a mistake in its 2016 census on the number of Anglophones in Quebec.
The responses of approximately 61,000 people were classified incorrectly due to an error in a computer program, the organization said on Friday.
Statistics Canada says it will make the necessary corrections and the results will be updated as early as next week. “We are also taking steps to consolidate our quality control procedures,” the organization said in a press release.
Earlier this week, doubts were raised as to the reliability of these data, which indicated an astonishing increase in the English-speaking population in the regions.
Of the additional 57,325 Anglophones identified by the census, more than half were noticed outside Montréal, in predominantly francophone cities.
In particular, the cities of Saguenay and Rimouski recorded impressive increases of 115% and 164%, respectively. Data that the director of the Association of Canadian Studies, Jack Jedwab, was unable to explain on Thursday on RDI.
I looked at the figures from the Department of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, and it shows that about 3.6% of immigrants who came between 2011 and 2015 are English mother tongue, about 10,000 people. Yet most settled in Montreal
On the ground, the municipalities of Rimouski and Saguenay, among others, said they did not notice any increase in their English-speaking population.
Thursday, Jack Jedwab said that the publication of erroneous data could have a significant impact on the services offered to the population.
“Given these figures, governments determine the level of service that is needed for linguistic minority communities, but also for other services. It’s like a domino effect, if we change that, then there will be changes elsewhere too, “he said.