Drs. Peter Baskerville and Eric Sager (History) are key participants in CCRI, a national scholarly effort providing sophisticated tools to help researchers expand our understanding of Canada’s development throughout the twentieth century. The project involves scholars at seven Canadian universities as well as IBM and Statistics Canada. It will create public use databases of the 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941 and 1951 national censuses. Over the course of five years, participants will create 1.8 million case records from these censuses in computer-readable format.
These sets of data will be of vital use to researchers from many disciplines investigating the nature and evolution of Canadian society. Under the supervision of Baskerville and Sager, UVic will be responsible for all samples west of Ontario.
CCRI was awarded $5.2 million over five years from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, some $2 million of which will come to the University of Victoria. It builds on the remarkable success of the recently completed Canadian Families Project, a five-year, interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Based at UVic, it involved 13 researchers at five Canadian universities. Drawing from an exhaustive analysis of the 1901 census, the project explored the nature of Canadian families and produced findings that have proven valuable to researchers and policymakers alike.