The University is required to disclose personal information such as Ontario Education Numbers, student characteristics, and educational outcomes to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development under s. 15 of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter M.19, as amended. Specifically, the information that the University is required to provide includes: name, date of birth, gender, program(s) in which the student is enrolled, and year of study. 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 research and analysis, including longitudinal studies, and statistical activities conducted by or on behalf of the Ministry for purposes that relate to post-secondary education and training. Further information on how the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development uses this personal information is available from the Ministry in English and in French.
FAQs related to the Ministry's enrolment and OEN data activities are available in English or French.
Statistics Canada is the national statistical agency. As such, Statistics Canada carries out hundreds of surveys each year on a wide range of matters, 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 postsecondary institutions. The increased emphasis on accountability for public investment means that it is also important to understand 'outcomes'. In order to conduct 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), 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 for statistical purposes only, 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 can ask Statistics Canada to remove their identifying information from the national database. On request by a student, Statistics Canada will delete an individual's contact information (name, address, or other personal identifiers) from the PSIS database. To make such a request, please contact:
Monday to Friday
8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. EST/EDST
1-800-307-3382 or 1-613-951-7608
Institutional Surveys Section
Centre for Education Statistics
Statistics Canada, Main Building, SC 2100-K
Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0T6
Further details on the use of this information can be obtained from the Statistics Canada Web site (www.statcan.gc.ca).
The University of Western Ontario collects personal information under the authority of the University of Western Ontario Act, 1982, as amended. The information is related directly to and needed by the University for the purposes of recruitment, admission, registration, progression, graduation, administration, and other activities related to its programs.
The information is used to administer and operate academic, athletic, recreational, student development, student employment, financial aid, and other University programs and activities, including residence operations and alumni and development activities and programs. For example, personal information will be used to determine academic status, record academic achievement, produce class lists, issue student cards, process transcript requests, maintain tuition accounts, issue tax receipts, notify students of important issues and updates, determine eligibility for student awards, scholarships and financial support, and administer financial aid and government financial assistance programs.
It is the policy of the University to consider the following information about current and former students to be publicly available and to provide it to third parties upon request: student’s full name; Faculty(ies)/Schools in which student is/was enrolled, with major field of study; degree(s) awarded by Western and date(s) conferred; and academic or other University honors or distinctions. At any time an individual may request that this information cease to be made publicly available by contacting the Office of the Registrar, in writing.
Personal information may be used for statistical and research purposes by the University, other post-secondary educational institutions, researchers, and the provincial and federal government. Students may be contacted about participation in research studies through their @uwo.ca email. The University discloses specific and limited personal information to recognized student organizations for the purposes of administering their programs including membership administration, health plan, elections, and issuing of bus passes. Personal information of students enrolled in an Affiliated University College is shared with the Affiliated University College.
Select information may be shared with third parties, including: award donors; government funding agencies to process financial assistance applications; financial institutions to confirm student enrolment; independent student loan administration companies to process student loan documents; collection agencies for outstanding accounts; municipalities for debts owed by students; and contracted service providers acting on behalf of the University. Credit card information is transmitted to an independent processing company in order to process payments. Personal information may be disclosed to third parties in the course of an investigation of misconduct. Information relating to misconduct and/or falsified documents may be shared with other educational institutions.
If you have any questions about the University’s collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, please contact the Associate Registrar and Director of Administration, Student Central, Western Student Services Building, Rm 1120A, Western University, London, ON, N6A 3K7, tel: 519-661-2111, extension 84863.