From big-ticket items, like health insurance and education, to the annoying pothole at the end of the street, the way that governments collect and spend money touches all Canadians.
Statistics Canada has been tracking the ins and outs of government finance, stretching back to before the days of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. As Canadian society became more complex, Statistics Canada grew more sophisticated at measuring government finances, adjusting accounting methods, fine-tuning and tracking.
More than 21 million visitors check out the StatCan website each year. We are looking for ways to make life a little simpler for each and every one of them.
As the world of data publishing has evolved, so has the StatCan site, moving quickly from presenting static tables to generating dynamic ones online. Most visitors have followed the changes with relative ease and they can find the information they need. But many visitors have also told us—sometimes loudly—that it is time to rethink how we publish data and to build something simpler.
One of the perks of working at Statistics Canada is that it is easy to win arguments. The trick is to start every sentence with "According to Statistics Canada..." and then rhyme off a long, impressive string of statistics.
This trick makes StatCan employees extremely popular at summertime barbeques and other social gatherings.
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