Connecting the data dots, here and around the world
This guest blog post is provided by Statistics Canada who is responsible for producing statistics that help Canadians better understand their country — its population, resources, economy, society and culture.
Make no mistake: strong economies and the entrepreneurial spirit will forever be linked. What helps link these two together? Data. Surprising to most, reliable data doesn't just come from existing programs from Statistics Canada, but also comes from collaboration with National Statistical Agencies around the world.
You may be surprised that Statistics Canada — for over 75 years — has reached out to both developed and emerging nations to gather information that matters to Canadians. From North to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, right down to Australia, we've had a hand in helping build statistical agencies across the world. This work, at its core, has helped our department and other nations flourish, and more importantly, has strengthened Canada's economy.
Our new video “Around the world and back: a video about Statistics Canada's role internationally” recognizes the work our department does outside of Canada. It showcases the Chief Statistician of Canada, Wayne Smith, and the Director of the International Co-operation Division, Eric Rancourt, in a discussion about recent projects.
Wayne Smith discusses, in some detail, how engaging in these international projects benefits our economy. He asserts, “...it helps Canada better compare and position itself at the global level... By opening ourselves up to criticism by meeting with statisticians from all parts of the globe, we strengthen our statistical programs, and gain the insight we need to provide our business sector with information that helps business owners gain the upper-hand on their competition both nationally and internationally. ”