In late spring 2016, Canada watched as a wildfire spread across northern Alberta, engulfing the oil sands town of Fort McMurray. About 88,000 residents of Wood Buffalo—the municipality that encompasses Fort McMurray—left their homes to take refuge across the province and in other parts of the country.
When they returned over the following weeks, they found that more than 2,500 homes had been destroyed by the fire.
Statistics Canada got its open data report card last week. And, it contains very good news.
Open Data Watch ranked Canada 8th among 173 national statistical offices.
This is the first year that the organization, based in Washington, D.C., has included Canada in its annual report. The goal of Open Data Watch is to ensure that data are accessible to all.
The StatCan Blog begins a new feature: a guest post on research at Statistics Canada will be published every quarter. Our first post is from Beiling Yan, senior analyst in the Economic Analysis Division, Statistics Canada.