Statistics Canada's Trust Centre

A century of: trust, safety, facts

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Why your privacy is our top concern
A message from the Chief Statistician of Canada

For more than 100 years, Statistics Canada has collected, analyzed and reported the data you provide us, so that – together – we can better understand ourselves and our country. The data we collect tell us where we have been as a nation, and where we are headed.

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Is my information safe and private?

Statistics Canada takes the privacy of Canadians very seriously. All information collected is anonymized. It is never possible to connect data that is made public to you or to your household.

Use of telephone and cellphone numbers

Statistics Canada acquires and uses telephone numbers under the authority of the Statistics Act to ensure that all Canadian households, including those that use cellphones exclusively, are contacted and represented so that our surveys produce an accurate picture that reflects all the people of Canada.

Get information about surveys and data collection

Find everything you need to know about a specific survey or a statistical program.

Why does my information need to be collected?

As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated through the Statistics Act to provide statistics for Canada and its provinces and territories.

What are the laws surrounding data privacy?

Statistics Canada takes the confidentiality and privacy of Canadians very seriously. All information provided is kept confidential and used only for statistical purposes.

Administrative data requests for information

To produce official statistics, Statistics Canada requests access to information collected by other departments and organizations. This improves data quality and helps meets new and ongoing statistical needs.

Transparency and accountability

Statistics Canada is committed to openness and transparency. The Statistics Act makes provisions for transparent and accountable decisions on statistical matters.

Modernization projects

Statistics Canada fosters a culture of innovation—it is at the heart of everything we do. Learn about some of our latest initiatives that are driving our modernization forward.

Principles of necessity and proportionality

Statistics Canada, as Canada's trusted source of information for more than 100 years, prides itself in keeping pace with the evolving information needs of Canadians. As we move forward we are adopting new methods and approaches that are based on necessity and proportionality.

Trust Centre team

As part of our commitment to transparency, Statistics Canada invites you to meet our Trust Centre team.

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