NEWS2 May 2012

Statistics Canada staff face lay-offs

Government North America

CANADA— Almost half of the 5,000 staff working for Statistics Canada are expected to lose their jobs over the next two years, according to reports.

Job losses are the result of government spending cuts which are likely to reduce the amount of information Statistics Canada is able to produce, according to the Globe and Mail.

Its output includes surveys that are used by academics, economists, marketers, urban planners and public policy researchers.

Michael Veall, president of the Canadian Economics Association, told the paper: “There is no doubt that the cuts can’t be absorbed without reducing the amount of information Statistics Canada produces.”