I was very pleased to read a post on Olive Tree Genealogy in which clarification is offered regarding the agreement between Library and Archives Canada and Ancestry.ca for indexing and release of the 1921 Canadian Census.
She took the trouble to investigate the situation further and explained the details in her post.
I still have questions about the arrangement though.
Yes, the census is available for free for the standard 14 day trial period, but I don’t understand why someone who only wants to access the census has to pay the full subscription price on Ancestry.ca? As I’ve said before, this doesn’t affect me since I maintain an ongoing World subscription for Ancestry.ca.
Perhaps they could assess a special subscription rate for just the census while Ancestry.ca has ‘custody’ of it before turning it over to Library and Archives Canada for free access to Canadians.
I worked for the Federal government and I understand budget restraints and cutbacks affect everything, and I do understand how this arrangement is beneficial to Library and Archives Canada, but I’m sure they could have come to an arrangement that was much more favorable for the Canadian genealogy consumer.
UPDATE: August 13, 2013 @ 2:30 pm.
Elizabeth LaPointe of the Genealogy Canada blog just released further clarification on the access for Canadians to the newly released 1921 Canadian Census on the Ancestry.ca site. It appears that the 1921 Canadian Census is totally free at all times on the Ancestry.ca site to Canadian researchers only. At the prompt for the free 14 day trial, Canadians should register as directed and their trial will continue on with access to ONLY this census.
Now, it’s a Win! Win! for both sides.