NDP MP Carol Hughes says Statistics Canada’s mishandling of census data only means further struggles for First Nations, and remote communities.

A recent CBC report states the federal agency that collects and analyzes personal data about Canadians lost hundreds of census surveys during 2016, including 587 filled out by First Nations residents.

Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Hughes says the incident may do some major damage to the reputation of Stats Canada.

Hughes also says for rural and remote communities, this information means everything.

Manager of Media Relations for Stats Canada Guillame Berube told CBC individuals were not notified of their information being lost, as Stats Canada determined there was no serious risk.