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Statistics Canada calls to survey effectiveness of anti-discrimination programs

September 17, 2018 -

Residents may receive a phone call from Statistics Canada this week as it conducts a survey to measure the effectiveness of anti-discrimination programs aimed at making Kingston more inclusive and welcoming. The national statistical agency will be calling 2,000 randomly selected Kingston households between Sept. 17 and 21 to survey them.

The purpose of this call is to collect information from residents about discrimination, as well as their awareness of recent community programs, like the SayHello campaign.

The City of Kingston and Kingston Immigration Partnership launched SayHello on May 31, with a goal to reduce racism, discrimination and exclusion in our community by sharing stories from residents who have experienced prejudice.

"Our goal is to create a more inclusive and diverse community," says Cheryl Hitchen, social policy & strategic community development manager, City of Kingston.

"The results of this survey will help the City and our partners develop and promote programs that will make the make Kingston a more welcoming place for everyone," she adds.

The phone survey is being conducted under the authority of the Statistics Act, which ensures the confidentiality of all information collected. No individual responses or identifiable information will be shared with the City of Kingston.

While participation in the survey is voluntary, it is important that all selected participants take part to ensure the information accurately reflects the views of residents in the community.

Interviewers will identify themselves as being employees of Statistics Canada upon calling. 

Kingstonians who are contacted can call Michel-Eric Velleman at 1-855-634-2360 until Sept. 21, 2018 to verify that Statistics Canada is conducting this survey.

To learn more about the Kingston Immigration Partnership and our SayHello campaign, please visit: https://kipcouncil.ca/