End the underreporting of Jewish Canadians in the census

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From 2011 to 2016, the number of Canadians who reported that they are Jewish dropped by more than half. This was not due to a demographic change but to the removal of “Jewish” as a specific example in the question on ethnic origin and to the question on household religion being asked only in alternate censuses (or once in ten years). In 2021, “Jewish” was included with more than 500 examples of ethnic origin and, while religious affiliation was asked in 2021, it is not scheduled to be on the 2026 census.

A correct enumeration of Canada’s Jewish population is critical to the work of Jewish charities. Jewish Federations and Federation-funded social service agencies collectively spend tens of millions annually on charitable work throughout Canada to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. This vital work requires access to accurate census data to provide a true picture of Jewish communities across Canada.

Recommendations
Ensuring Statistics Canada includes the religion question in every census, to prevent continued underreporting of Jewish Canadians.

Join us in calling on the federal government to end the underreporting of Jewish Canadians.

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    Patricia S. 2024-06-18 14:04:06 -0400
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    Silvia M. 2024-04-16 18:40:42 -0400
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11 reactions
  • PS
    Patricia Shaw signed 2024-06-18 14:04:06 -0400
  • SM
    Silvia Miles signed 2024-04-16 18:40:42 -0400
    Jews are an ethnicity. It doesn’t make sense for Jews not to be included in the census.
  • HK
    Hanita Koblents signed 2024-04-12 09:17:28 -0400
    I thought the utility of the census relied on being able to compare each with the last. Doesn’t changing questions and approaches undermine the continuity and comparability of data? Aside from making it hard to compare one census with the last, as a secular Jew, I distinctly noticed the absence of this category during the last census. It didn’t sit right, so I thought I would search the internet to see if others felt similarly and found this petition. I was born in Eastern Europe, which my parents left in large part because of antisemitism. Though under and an atheist communist regime, my family was never allowed to feel like an ethnic national of that country. It did not matter that we did not go to synagogue (there were none), we were still Jews. If you ask my elderly mother why she made the risky decision to abandon her and my fathers professional careers in that country and start all over again with two small children in Canada, she would say the main reason was anti-semitism. Canada asking me to identify my origin as European, while geographically accurate does not reflect my identity. I’m not sure who decided that Jewish was only a religion and not an ethnicity, but it certainly wasn’t someone with an experience like mine.
  • RH
    Roslyn Harrush signed 2024-03-13 21:45:52 -0400
  • JP
    J Plotkin signed 2024-02-09 15:42:27 -0500
  • EE
    Elisheva Eisenberg signed 2024-01-31 19:25:21 -0500
  • RK
    Robert Kelly signed 2023-11-19 17:11:33 -0500
  • js
    john sanders signed 2023-11-17 16:43:13 -0500
    both secular and religious Jews counted.
  • SB
    Susan Blake signed 2023-11-10 15:21:14 -0500
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    Ilanna Tidd signed 2023-11-03 17:43:42 -0400
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    Lynne Roe signed 2023-03-15 14:34:18 -0400