Data for Rural Communities: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Event Date: January 17, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Event Location: Online

In this webinar, “Data for Rural Communities: Taking Stock and Looking Forward,” Mahamat Hamit-Haggar, Ph.D. (Chief, Centre for Special Business Projects from Statistics Canada) discussed the implications of data availability for rural communities.



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Event background

The availability of data to inform decisions and programs in support of rural communities has been a longstanding data gap, including a lack of commonly accepted definitions of ‘rural’ Canada. These gaps affect Canadians, as they hinder policymakers’ ability to create and implement programs and policies.

In response to this, Statistics Canada tries to fill these gaps by integrating data from traditional and alternative sources. It aims to provide high-quality, granular, accessible, and timely information on social and economic issues to ensure that the needs and aspirations of rural Canadians are addressed.

For more information on the Statistics Canada Centre for Special Business Projects Rural Data Initiatives Program, contact Rural Client Services at