Video - Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting - Douglas Norris

Release date: November 5, 2019

Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting - Douglas Norris - Video transcript

(The Statistics Canada symbol and Canada wordmark appear on screen with the title: "Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting - Douglas Norris")

(The question "How would you describe the importance of Statistics Canada data to your work?" appears on screen.)

Douglas: Well today I work with companies in the private sector, governments, non-profit organizations in understanding how the changing demographic, and social trends affect their business, how they have to adjust in terms of long term planning, in terms of the services, the kinds of products required by the population. And in doing that the Statistics Canada data from the census and many other surveys are highly important in painting the picture and telling the story of how Canada is changing.

(The question "How do statistics help Canadians in their day-to-day decisions?" appears on screen.)

Douglas: You know I think statistics affect virtually every walk of life, every decision, and activity that Canadians take part in, but they don't realize it because the statistics are well behind the scene. For example, in deciding where a new highway goes, or where a new school is built for their children, or private companies decide where the grocery store is, what to stock it with in terms of the population around. So it really is used in many different ways, and I think one of the challenges we have today is helping the public understand the importance of data, and supporting organizations like Statistics Canada because it really does affect their day-to-day lives.

(Canada wordmark appears.)

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