Video - Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting - Martin Cooke

Release date: November 5, 2019

Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting - Martin Cooke - Video transcript

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

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

Martin: It's enormously important for my work. So, I'm a professor, and I study social inequality and health inequality in Canadian society, and StatsCan data are really the fundamental way that we are able to see – In my case, what I'm interested in is what groups are maybe disadvantaged in terms of social or health indicators, and then how these things have changed over time. So it's absolutely important, it's really fundamental to that work. And I also have students who are using StatsCan data to look at things like the mental health of immigrants and refugees, the availability of health service, and health service use amongst immigrants and refugees, diabetes amongst Indigenous Canadians, and so those are really important topics, and the availability of StatsCan data for their training helps make them into better researchers, and future epidemiologists and social statistics users. The other use that I have is that we do some surveys of our own, and without StatsCan data, particularly the census, it's very very difficult for us to know whether the data we're getting in our surveys are accurate. So having the census in particular as an overall picture of the Canadian population including: gender, sex, and age distribution – using that as a benchmark lets us know how our sampling is going and whether we're doing great. So these StatsCan data are fundamental to my work, absolutely.

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