Explainer: What is disaggregated data, and why don’t social purpose organizations have access to it?

In this year’s federal budget, the Liberals promised to create a national disaggregated data strategy. Will it help the sector?

Why It Matters

Over the past couple of years, there has been an increased demand for disaggregated data in Canada in order to identify and address social and racial inequities faced by vulnerable populations. But few understand what the term really means, how it works and why Canada is investing in collecting such data now.

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