Two of the last three main tasks required before the release of the 2016 Population and Housing Census have been completed, with the projected date of release due in March 2018.

Minister of Government Reform, Lovitta Foggo, while providing an update said: “Once the data collection concluded at the end of March 2017, there were a variety of activities that the Department of Statistics needed to conduct prior to the completion of a preliminary report, including:

  1. Data entry and processing
  2. Data verification and quality assurance
  3. Data tabulations, evaluation and analysis

“The Department of Statistics has completed tasks 1 and 2 and are well on their way to completing task 3,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Department of Statistics, Melinda Williams noted that the department was “on target to completing the 2016 Population and Housing Preliminary Report by December 20, 2017 for review and approval by our Hon Minister prior to its release”.

“The department remains focused on delivering a high quality overview of the preliminary census results that provides key facts for consumption. The next 2016 Census output will be the completion of an in-depth 2016 Population and Housing Census report by the end of March 2018. A series of infographics will also be completed thereafter.”

Residents, both Bermudian and non-Bermudian are required by law to participate in the Census, which helps Government, the private sector and non-profit organizations to make decisions regarding Bermuda’s future.

Census data is used to develop forward planning strategies with regards to the country’s infrastructure, education, health, employment and other economic and social requirements.

The 2016 Census will also carry pertinent information on Bermuda’s population and housing data. One of the most sought after figures anticipated is the number of Bermudians who have left the island permanently since the last Census was carried out.

There are those who contend that the number could run between 3,000 to 5,000 Bermudians who have opted to live elsewhere, including the United Kingdom. In any case, the report is due out in March.