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.
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 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unpublished databases.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
John has also been a guest speaker at the Metropolitan Toronto
Reference Library, University of Western Ontario and Small Business
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will respond within two working days.