06/19/2011 11:54 EDT | Updated 08/19/2011 05:12 EDT

Conservatives May Grow Agriculture Census While Others Are Axed

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- In the Conservative government, some censuses are axed while others are carefully safeguarded.

The mandatory long-form census met its fate last summer because it was deemed too intrusive.

But the mandatory Census of Agriculture was not only not touched, it might be expanded.

The government is considering allowing Statistics Canada automatic access to private income tax returns in order to make filling out the agricultural questionnaire more efficient in 2016.

All farming households began receiving the 2011 Census of Agriculture along with the short census of population this May.

Statistics Canada says many farmers find filling out the parts on business expenses and sales to be a burden and have pushed for the link to their Canada Revenue Agency files.