When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on the return of the long-form census, he probably didn’t know just how important an issue it was.
Just a day after census forms started arriving at homes, the census website crashed because of the volume of people rushing to fill out the online survey.
Ten years after the last long-form census was taken and five years since the Conservatives replaced it with the optional National Household Survey, over 15 million households have begun receiving census letters. And apparently a good percentage of those homeowners decided to complete the questionnaire online on Tuesday morning.
Canadians have crashed the census page. Canada: YOU ARE A PACK OF DANG NERDS
— Karen Geier (@karengeier) May 3, 2016
We Canadians crashed the Census website. Filling out the Census is our happy place.
— Marsha Mason (@mowsh) May 3, 2016
Trudeau himself stepped in to announce that the site was back up after a 45-minute outage:
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 3, 2016
But that didn’t really do much to curb the enthusiasm Canadians had for filling out the questionnaire.
Census day!! pic.twitter.com/i1JKezro5S
— Manus Halligan (@ManusHalligan) April 24, 2016
— Christina (@Christweeta) May 3, 2016
Funny thrill seeing that census envelop in the mailbox. Thank you Canada for getting this back on track! https://t.co/GrxoqFCUpX
— Jacqueline East (@jacqeast) May 3, 2016
— Elizabeth Friesen (@emfriesen) May 3, 2016
Now if we could only get people this excited about other forms of public policy …