Budget Cuts at Statistics Canada Worry Researchers

Statistics Canada announced Thursday that it has discontinued its annual report on information about academic staffs across Canada. The report, which is widely used by universities, education researchers, and government officials, contains extensive data on faculty members, such as gender, age, discipline, salary, and origins.

The report is not the only data-collection effort under the knife. About half of Statistics Canada’s more than 5,000 workers were told on Monday that their jobs were at risk as part of efforts to trim the federal budget, reports the Globe and Mail. Reuters writes that researchers who rely on the agency are afraid that the quality of the data from the Canadian government may suffer in future statistical surveys.

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