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GDSourcing (Government Data Sourcing) is an Internet based research and retrieval company that specializes in helping researchers access statistics collected by the Canadian Federal government.


Why We Exist

The company was started 6 years ago to help meet the need for a single, accurate and accessible reference point to the data holdings of the Canadian Federal Government. A wealth of detailed and specific statistical information is collected by the Federal government but each individual department has its own data holdings. GDSourcing facilitates your research to ensure that you waste neither your time nor your money searching for the information you need.


The Boss

The founder of the company, John White, worked for Statistics Canada for a number of years both in data collection and dissemination. He has a detailed understanding of their published and unpublished databases. He also has reliable and accessible contacts throughout the government who can identify the availability of special tabulations and upcoming reports.

John frequently deliveries seminars on researching a small business.  He is currently involved in three seminar series in the Toronto Area.  One is conducted on behalf of the Ontario government, another is presented in conjunction with the Self-Employment Assistance program funded by Human Resources Development Canada while the third is delivered monthly at the Richmond Hill Business Centre.  For more information on seminars click here.

John has also been a guest speaker at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library,  University of Western Ontario and Small Business Expo 2001.

Over the summer of 2001, he was involved in a pilot long distance learning project with the Community Futures Development Corporation of Alberni-Clayoquot. Through a series of on-line workshops John helped entrepreneurs with disabilities on Vancouver Island research their business ventures.

John has appeared on the television program CareersTV as a expert guest on two occasions and has been published and quoted in a number of entrepreneurial publications including Small Business Canada magazine and the Globe & Mail.

He stresses a practical approach to researching a new business that is geared towards a small or moderate research budget. His popular seminars have been expanded into the research guide Researching a Small Business. This guide is in use in business development centers across the country. The sixth edition was published in August 2002. It now includes a February 2003 update.


What We Do

GDSourcing was established to help Canadians, especially new entrepreneurs, take advantage of government databases. Our web site provides free direction to Canadian statistics which are available on-line free of charge.

Our various products and services are designed to provide you with a single source to access all the statistical holdings of the Canadian Federal government.

We contact the government departments on your behalf, handle the access charges and provide you with complete research that is accurate, timely and the most appropriate available to meet your needs.

If the data is not held in a government database, we will search through non-government sources. We are tenacious and creative in our research. We work hard to ensure that you receive the best data available at a reasonable cost.

GDSourcing Service Guarantee

All of our research packages come with guaranteed after-sale support. We do not simply "dump" statistics and references on you. If you have any questions or concerns once you receive your order, we encourage you to contact us so we can further help you with your research needs.


Where is the telephone number?

We are a "virtual" company. All our research associates work from their homes or from various libraries in the Toronto area. This is strictly an economic strategy so that we can maintain low overhead costs and ensure that all data can be provided to you at very reasonable cost.

For this reason, we do not have someone acting as a full-time receptionist. We encourage researchers to contact us by e-mail. Our Query Desk will provide you with FREE direction to your research needs.

It is not that we shun telephone contact, only that the volume of queries we receive makes it impractical for a small company such as ours to maintain full telephone service.

If you are concerned about dealing with a "virtual" company, and prefer more tradition contact, please do not hesitate to telephone us toll free at 1-800-262-9015.

Please leave a message if you are transferred to our voice mail. We will respond promptly.


You can also contact us by fax (905-332-3740) or by e-mail and we will respond within two working days.