Are students being counted in census?
RE: Misleading census results
I have been living in the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood since 1987. In that time the demographic makeup has evolved dramatically. When I moved in, the house I purchased was previously occupied by an elderly lady and many of my neighbours were long time residents who had raised children and were now empty nesters. The house I purchased went from one resident to five when we moved in. Over the years since most of my original neighbours have been replaced by families or more commonly multiple students.
I noticed when the last census was released that the population in our area had declined, which seemed to me to be a highly questionable result. I brought it to the attention of our local councillor at the time thinking that it should be corrected as it could effect government grants etc. To my knowledge nothing came of it. Since then I have come to believe that to student population living off campus is not being counted here where they live but at ‘home’ where their parents live. Thus census results in areas around McMaster would appear to be unreliable if not outright misleading.
I believe there should be some kind of process to verify the extent and scope of the problem. Doug Anderson, Hamilton