WHO OR WHAT
(Government Data Sourcing) is an Internet based research and retrieval
company that specializes in helping researchers access statistics
collected by the Canadian Federal government as well as other
non-government organizations and agencies.
Why We Exist
The company was started in 1997 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.
Since 1999 we have also added non-government references and with our
new web site, Stats Link
Canada, we have expanded our mandate to include private sector
polls, surveys and statistical reports.
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unpublished databases.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 frequently delivers research seminars to entrepreneurs and is currently involved with the
Self-Employment Benefits program at the Toronto Business Development Centre. For more information on
John has also been a guest speaker at the Metropolitan Toronto
Reference Library, University of Western Ontario - Department of
Library Sciences and Small Business
in 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
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.
SME Report Card is a popular feature in Enterprise Magazine.
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 which in turn was expanded into the new
Stats Link Canada web
What We Do
Small Business education is the key
reason GDSourcing exists. Our primary service is to teach Canadian
entrepreneurs how to research their own business themselves.
Our web sites
provides free direction to Canadian statistics which are available on-line
free of charge.
We have also collected together the most commonly sought data sold by
Statistics Canada and by private sources. Through our
Small Business Data Centre you can quickly locate
and order the data you need. The most popular include:
- Canadian Industry
Profiles (Small & Medium Business Benchmarks),
- Canadian Market
Estimates (Consumer Market Size)
We also provide research assistance through our
BR Newsletter and our
you can submit an e-mail query.
Our Stats Link Canada
web site provides even more detailed research assistance and
includes Sources Lists to over 14,000 Canadian statistical references.
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
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 email@example.com
and we will respond within two working days.