Updated 1 April 2006
Legal Actions of Information Commissioner
The links on this page lead to documents and exhibits related to legal actions (Applications for Review) initiated by Canada's Information Commissioner. These Applications are brought on behalf of individuals who submitted complaints after Statistics Canada refused access to records of Canada's Historic Census, specifically the 1911 National Census, and others. The Office of the Information Commissioner provided these documents. They are in the Federal Court system and as such are in the public domain.
There are three separate, but interlinked Applications for Review. The first Application (Court File T-53-04) is based on an ATI request for access by J. Ronald Patrick, dated 29 May 2002. Mr. Patrick requested access to records of the 1911 Census for two townships of Perth County, Ontario. Mr. Patrick's request coincides with the time frame of an earlier Application for Review that was halted when records of the 1906 Census of the North-Western Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were made public on 24 January 2003.
The second Application (Court File T-421-04) is based on an ATI request by Peter Di Gangi, Director, Algonquin Nation Secretariat, dated 2 November 2001. His need to access records of Census for 1911 and other years was to document and substantiate Aboriginal land claims, title and rights.
The third Application (Court File T-1996-04) is based upon an ATI request by Arnold V. Weirmeir, dated 2 June 2003. Mr. Weirmeir's request sought non-specific access to schedules of the 1911 National Census of Canada for genealogical research. His complaint regarding non-compliance by Statistics Canada was the first of 90 similar complaints received by the Information Commissioner. This Application was brought initially on behalf of Mr. Weirmeir and consent to proceed on behalf of the remaining 89 complainants was added later.
The documents linked here are in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view them. Because of the way they were transmitted to me, when downloaded they may appear upside down. To rotate the image for proper viewing it may be necessary to install and use a later version of Acrobat Reader (Version 6 or 7). It may be downloaded from this link to Adobe
The size of most files linked here are extremely large. They would be best saved to your hard drive for later viewing. They are not suitable for being downloaded on a dial-up connection. Even with a high-speed connection some of them may take several minutes to download. The size of the file is provided adjacent to the link.
Please note: The size of the files linked from this page totals more than 110 Mb. We thank Global Genealogy, sponsor of the Post 1901 Census Project website, for purchasing the additional server space and bandwith necessary to post these files for your information. We also thank the Office of the Information Commissioner for providing the files and keeping us up to date on the Applications for Review.