We're getting the ball rolling on custom geographies for the 2012-2017 program cycle of the Community Data Program. Census data for your custom geographies are included in the membership fee, so take advantage. If you're not part of a consortium, this is a great reason to join, by the way. It's not often that you get the opportunity to flip off a Census Tract's unyielding boundaries. Here's your chance.
Last week Environics Institute President Michael Adams spoke at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. His speech, thoughtful, poignant, and at times witty, lamented the federal government's decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census. By contrast, Adams applauded the "brave Canadian nerds" who have "championed good data". Nerds like top brass at the Community Data Program:
On June 20th, community data users and providers from across Canada came together for the third annual Community Data Canada Roundtable. A free, fully-bilingual event, the 2012 Roundtable was the first to be held as both a face-to-face meeting and a virtual event.
More than 200 persons joined the sessions from locales across the country to enjoy a variety of presentations on the topic of "Putting Data to Work: Tools and Strategies for Using Community Data." Approximately 40 representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors gathered for a face-to-face meeting hosted by the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat (HPS) at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. A further 150 participated via webinar, calling in from nearly every province and territory.
A story in today's Globe and Mail offers highlights from the 2012 Wealthscapes Report from Environics Analytics. This is the fifth year for Environics' annual report on neighbourhood-level wealth. To view maps of neighbourhood wealth in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary, click here.
CCSD is pleased to be partnering with Environics Analytics for the next cycle of the Program to acquired a license to make use of the Wealthscapes database on behalf of consortium members.
The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will give $50,000 to 5-6 projects for the Social Innovation Partnership Grant in Poverty Alleviation. Read more about how this partnership works here. The deadline for applications is July 24th at noon EST; to download the Expressions of Interest form, click here.
Thanks to Sara Mayo for pointing us to a recent article by University of Ottawa professor Miles Corak (formally of StatsCan) on the cancellation of the longitudinal data series from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, a valuable resource at the larger geographic level.
For those of you who missed the announcement, it can be found at the bottom of this page.