The government will spend nearly $300 million over the next decade to collect data about the housing market.
In particular, the Liberals have budgeted $39.9 million over the next five years so that Statistics Canada can compile information on foreign ownership of homes in Canada, as well as assembling data on the demographics of owners and how they are financing their home purchases.
Statistics Canada got its open data report card last week. And, it contains very good news! Open Data Watch ranked Canada 8th among 173 national statistical offices. This is the first year that the organization, based in Washington, D.C., has included Canada in its annual report. The goal of Open Data Watch is to ensure that data are accessible to all.