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Statistics Canada e-pubs free as of April 24, 2006

As of April 24, 2006, all electronic publications available on the Statistics Canada website will become free of charge.

(from the StatCan press release) The New Publishing Model has two components:

* the free dissemination of all electronic publications on our website

* priced publications released on paper. The adoption of the New Publishing Model supports the longstanding principles underlying the Agency’s dissemination program: to make information of broad public interest widely available to the Canadian public but to charge individual clients for special products and services where the benefits do not accrue to the public at large and where additional costs are incurred by the Agency in providing them.

This notice was kindly forwarded to us here at FGI, and also posted on the Access to Government Information Interest Group (AGIIG) and Dlilist: Discussion forum for Data Liberation Initiative issues, both Canadian documents listservs.