From October 18 to December 31, 2018, Statistics Canada conducted an online consultation to gather input from Canadians on the Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics hub.
The hub serves as a focal point for data produced by the new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics, which aims to address gaps in the availability of information by gender, sex and other intersecting identity factors, such as disability status, Indigenous identity (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), and other ethno-cultural characteristics. The hub will enable users to easily access and analyze a wealth of statistical information, relevant to the evaluation of programs, policies and initiatives from a gender, diversity and inclusion perspective.
As we continue to develop the hub, we looked to gain insights into the information needs of Canadians with respect to it, and to gender, diversity and inclusion data more broadly.
Statistics Canada conducted online consultations using the Statistics Canada crowdsourcing platform and a referral sampling approach. The intended audience was users of data related to gender, diversity and inclusion; participants were not necessarily representative of the general Canadian population as they were self-selected. The consultation was promoted through direct invitations, social media, and in-person promotion at conferences and Government of Canada training events.
Participants were asked to answer six questions and to provide feedback on their data needs.
We received 487 responses containing substantive information. Due to the nature of crowdsourced information, there is no way to determine if each response belongs to a unique respondent. There is no mechanism in the crowdsourcing platform to restrict or prevent a respondent from submitting multiple responses.
How participants got involved
This consultation is now closed, but individuals who wish to obtain more information or to take part in a future consultation should contact Statistics Canada by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statistics Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of consultation participants. All personal information created, held or collected by the agency is protected by the Privacy Act. For more information on Statistics Canada's privacy policies, please consult the Privacy notice.
Of the 487 substantive responses, 233 were submitted by government employees at all levels (48%), 105 were submitted by academics, including graduate students (26%) and 81 were submitted by employees of non-governmental organizations (17%).
At least 70% of responses identified a desire for data on each of the following six different population groups: Gender groups (80%), Ethnic & cultural groups (76%), First Nations, Métis and Inuit (74%), Immigrants (73%), Persons with disabilities (71%) and LGBTQ+ groups (70%).
At least 60% of responses desire the Centre to offer data for each of the following four key research areas: Population & Demography (67%), Education, Training & Learning (66%), Health (63%) and Society & Community (63%). Other research areas cited by a majority of responses were Income, Pensions, Spending & Wealth (57%), Labour (53%) and Families & Households (53%).
Statistics Canada thanks all those who participated in this consultation. Their input and insights will help to guide the agency's development of the Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics hub and ensure that it meets users' needs.