In 1998, Statistics Canada raised concerns about the legality of the release of the historic census records. This led to 7 years of investigation, analysis, debate, and discussion over how to permit the use of historic records in Canada.
"It is absolutely wonderful. The historic census has finally been secured as a public historic record for the use of all Canadians, and I could not be happier," said Senator Milne.
It is expected that the 1911 census that was taken 94 years ago will be released in due time. It is my understanding that the Library and Archives of Canada is working as quickly as possible to put this online," added Senator Milne.