St. Clair College adheres to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
St. Clair College is required to disclose personal information such as Ontario Education Numbers, student characteristics and educational outcomes to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities under s. 15 of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter M. 19 as amended. The ministry collects this data for purposes such as planning, allocating and administering public funding to colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational and training institutions and to conduct by or on behalf of the ministry for purposes that relate to post-secondary education and training. Further information on how the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities uses this personal information is available on the ministry's website.
Further information on the collection and use of student-level enrolment-related data can be obtained from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities website:
Director, Postsecondary Finance and Information Management Branch,
Postsecondary Education Division,
7th Floor, Mowat Block, 900 Bay Street,
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
Statistics Canada is the national statistical agency. As such, Statistics Canada carries out hundreds of surveys each year on a wide range of matter, including education. It is essential to be able to follow students across time and institutions to understand, for example, the factors affecting enrolment demand at Post Secondary institutions. The increased emphasis on accountability for public investment means that it is also important to understand 'outcomes'. In order to carry out such studies, Statistics Canada asks all colleges and universities to provide data on students and graduates. Institutions collect and provide to Statistics Canada student identification information (student's name, student ID number, Social Insurance Number), student contact information (address and telephone number), student demographic characteristics, enrolment information, previous education, and labour force activity. The Federal Statistics Act provides the legal authority for Statistics Canada to obtain access to personal information held by educational institutions. The information may be used only for statistical purposes, and the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act prevent the information from being released in any way that would identify a student. Students who do not wish to have their information used are able to ask Statistics Canada to remove their identification and contact information from the national database. Further information on the use of this information can be obtained from Statistics Canada's website: www.statcan.gc.ca or by writing to the:
Centre for Education Statistics
17th Floor, R.H. Coats Building
Ottawa, K1A OT6