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Canadian Public Health Association

Statscan could fill public data gaps if Ottawa increases funds, chief statistician says

Tavia Grant and Eric Andrew-Gee

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The Globe and Mail



Frank Welsh, director of policy for the Canadian Public Health Association, urged the federal government to bridge some of the gaps by circulating a memorandum of understanding where provinces would agree to collect statistics using a common methodology in areas such as obesity, injury prevention and cancer. “What would be a great step forward is to identify a core set of health statistics across the provinces and territories and agree on some methodologies to improve them,” he said.

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