‘Critical’ data gaps have significantly hampered Canadian governments’ ability to deal with COVID-19 pandemic: report

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The situation is worse when it comes to determining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racialized groups, notable Black Canadians and Indigenous communities because the data is simply not available, the authors said. .

To address these issues and more, the council recommends that the federal government create a national data strategy.

In particular, this would force the federal government to add statistical data requirements when planning future programs, ensure more coordination and data sharing between government agencies at all levels and ensure more stable funding for Statistics Canada.

Without such a strategy, “bureaucratic inertia and other obstacles to collecting and sharing statistical information between jurisdictions will continue to outweigh efforts to develop the necessary national data accessible to all Canadians,” he said. warned the council.

I think most Canadians realize that it takes data to run a government and run a company

The report also points out that some provinces refuse, or at least display a “strong reluctance”, to share their health care data with other organizations simply because officials “do not think their programs should be the subject of. review outside their jurisdiction ”.

“This partly contributed to the poor state of national health data, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the authors noted, without naming a specific government.

A national data strategy would help solve this problem, Ketsle said. But she also believes Statistics Canada needs to better communicate to Canadians and government officials how it protects their data and privacy.

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