Statscan cuts undermines evidence-based decision making

This government’s deep cuts to Statistics Canada have left economists and other policy makers without the data they need for evidence-led decision making. For example, economists say they don’t have the data they need about the labour market or residential housing. The cancellation of the Long Form Census has left policy makers without demographic statistics they need. Since 2010 more than 1,000 Statscan jobs have been cut. By 2017, the government plans to cut another $142.6 million from Statscan’s budget (for a total budget cut since 2010 of more than 34%), and about another 570 positions – for a total loss of 27 % of its 2010 workforce.


June 12, 2014