This is Day 3 since the 1921 census officially passed into the custody of Library and Archives Canada.
I went to 395 Wellington Street on Monday to obtain access. The person at the genealogy desk told me she was unaware of the status of the census. She was unable to contact a manager by phone. A helpful person at the orientation desk on the second floor was unaware of the census, said she would investigate and came to find me in the 5th floor cafeteria to tell me information would be forthcoming later in the day. That did not happen.
Later I was told the release would basically be that the census would be available on the Internet within the next few weeks.
LAC should know that the governing legislation is BILL S-13, An Act to amend the Statistics Act, which provides that
The information contained in the returns of any census of population taken between 1910 and 2003 may, starting ninety-two years after the census is taken, be examined by (a) a person wishing to conduct genealogical research on their own behalf or, where authorized by another person, on behalf of that other person, if the person who will conduct the research signs an undertaking in the form prescribed by regulation;There is a statutory obligations to make the census available. It is not qualified to to be at the administrative convenience of Library and Archives Canada. It is to be available at a specified time. LAC should be abiding by the law of the land? Why does it not now have in place the procedures required? There was no surprise as to when the census was becoming available to LAC, nor that it would be available in electronic form.