New Canada statistics head: centralized system has more benefits

Statistics Canada will continue to work with a centralized technology system that has better confidentiality and security, the new head of the agency said on Wednesday in a blog post that sought to address the concerns that spurred his predecessor’s resignation. Anil Arora became the country’s chief statistician last month after the former head of Statistics Canada, Wayne Smith, quit over concerns that changes to the data infrastructure were compromising the agency’s independence. In an arrangement under the previous Conservative government, responsibility for StatCan’s informatics infrastructure was transferred to Shared Services Canada, the department that oversees information technology services government-wide.

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