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Wellesley Institute occasionally uses session cookies to track how our visitors use this site, determine sites previously visited or facilitate the use of secure portions of this site. Information from the cookies is compiled for statistical analysis on traffic patterns and is used to assess and improve the efficiency of the website. A cookie is a file that may be placed on your hard drive without your knowledge by a website to allow it to monitor your use of the site.

The cookies we use do not allow Wellesley Institute to identify individuals. Our use of session cookies ensures your online privacy and security. Here’s why:

The contents of our session cookies are not linked, shared or associated in any way with personal information that you may have supplied to us or made available elsewhere.

Our cookies can only be “read” by Wellesley Institute servers, meaning that you cannot be tracked or profiled using our cookie when you surf across multiple sites on the Web.

Wellesley Institute’s website primarily uses session cookies, which automatically expire at the end of the user session. Occasionally we use persistent cookies to facilitate the use of secure portions of the website and to conduct on-line surveys to improve the website. Persistent cookies have pre-determined expiry dates.

Visiting our website with cookies disabled will have no significant impact on your browsing experience. You can set your browser to detect and reject cookies. Please consult your browser’s Help Menu for instructions.

Our Privacy Policy is as follows –

Privacy notice

Wellesley Institute, the owner and administrator of, is committed to respecting the privacy of individuals—whether you are respondents to one of our surveys, clients who are purchasing a product or service or users of our website. As confirmation of this commitment, Wellesley Institute has created a Privacy Framework which describes the approved practices, procedures and governance related to privacy.

All personal information created, held or collected by Wellesley Institute through its use of is protected by the Privacy Act and by the Statistics Act in the case of respondents to our surveys. This means that you will be either asked for permission to collect your information when it is going to be stored or used or advised of the authority for such collection. If no request or advisory is displayed, no personal identifiable information will be collected, stored or used by or Wellesley Institute.

What happens when there is a privacy breach?

A privacy breach is the loss of, unauthorized access to, or disclosure of, personal information. This can occur as a result of the theft or loss of information or data storage equipment, or the improper or unauthorized collection, use, disclosure, access, storage or disposal of information, including misdirected correspondence. When Wellesley Institute discovers or is made aware of a breach, we take immediate action, in compliance with the Directive on Privacy Practices and Guidelines for Privacy Breaches established by the Treasury Board Secretariat as we have determined these to be the most thorough and complete methods to ensure your privacy and the information regarding its security.

Survey respondents

Wellesley Institute’s commitment to keeping the confidentiality of the information obtained from the Canadian public is enshrined in the Statistics Act and the Agency’s various policies and practices related to data collection, analysis and dissemination activities as well as the Privacy Act. As no identifiable information is collected by the user during the survey, the individual and cumulative results are displayed. Should a participant decide they do not want their survey results publicly available, they should not participate.

All identifiable information provided to Wellesley Institute through the surveys is confidential. Wellesley Institute does not release any information that identifies an individual or group without prior consent. Similarly, no government institution has the right to see the answers given in confidence to Wellesley Institute without this consent.

One aspect of the statistical work undertaken by the Wellesley Institute could involve record linkage projects that bring together information about individual respondents for research purposes. This is a recognized source of valuable statistical information but must serve a public good. To address the potentially privacy-intrusive nature of this type of research, Wellesley Institute not only has a directive in place but practices a well-defined review and approval process for all microdata linkages. Should any microdata linkage occur with any identifiable information contain or collected by the survey at, individuals will be informed of this potential PRIOR to their availability to use the survey.

Collection of information on minors

From time to time someone under the age of majority may use the survey present at, Wellesley Institute. As there is no personal identifiable information collected from participants Wellesley Institute and can not identify these users and as such all participants are subject to, and protected by, the same privacy policy directives.


Wellesley Institute is fully committed to protecting the confidentiality of the personal information provided by participants who use this service. This information is used only to support our relationship with you as a participant of the survey at from Wellesley Institute.

More information: Protecting your privacy as a client

Third-Party Social Media

Wellesley Institute is using social media to provide access to relevant, accurate and timely statistical information and to foster engagement, cooperation and information-sharing among people who use statistical information. Social media accounts are public and are not hosted on Wellesley Institute servers. Wellesley Institute uses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Users who choose to interact with Wellesley Institute via those social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications you use to access them.

Facebook Data Use Policy

Twitter Privacy Policy

YouTube Privacy Policy (Google)

Personal information that you provide to Wellesley Institute via via social media accounts is subject to the provisions the Privacy Act. This information is collected to capture conversations (e.g. questions and answers, comments, “likes”, retweets) between you and Wellesley Institute. It may be used to respond to inquiries, or for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes. Comments posted that violate Canadian law will be deleted and disclosed to law enforcement authorities. Comments that violate our Social media rules of engagement could also be deleted.

No endorsement of any social media products or services is expressed or implied.

Visitors to the website

Wellesley Institute is committed to providing visitors with websites that respect their privacy. The following summarizes the privacy policy and practices on Wellesley Institute websites.

Safeguarding your personal information

The Wellesley Institute website does not automatically gather any specific personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or email address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supply it by sending us an email or registering in a secure portion of the site. The information that is received and stored is safeguarded to prevent unauthorized disclosure.

The nature of the Internet is such that Web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the site. For this reason, Wellesley Institute considers the IP address to be personal information, particularly when combined with other data automatically collected when visitor requests a Web page such as the page or pages visited, date and time of the visit.

How your information is used

Information on individual website visitors is used by Wellesley Institute employees who need to know the information in order to respond to your request or to ensure the security of this system. We only share the information you give us with another agency or area of Wellesley Institute if your inquiry relates to that department. We do not use the information to create individually identifiable profiles, nor do we disclose this information to anyone.

Electronic transmission of sensitive personal information

Unless specifically noted otherwise, neither electronic systems nor email are secure information transmission methods. It is not recommended that sensitive personal information be transmitted electronically.

Data encryption

The website is equipped with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to ensure a secure connection between the server and an SSL-compatible browser. SSL protocol provides a safe passage for transmitting and authenticating data by encrypting the information. Data cannot be compromised when SSL is in use. This is the most secure form of encryption commonly available in North America.

Network traffic monitoring

Wellesley Institute employs software programs to monitor network traffic, and to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. These programs are also used to gather anonymous information such as statistics to improve the functionality of our site. These software programs receive and record the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our websites, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected. The programs are never used to gather specific personal information such as your name, your phone number or your e-mail address.

Your privacy is protected

Your personal information is protected by the Privacy Act and will only be disclosed as permitted by that Act.

Web Analytics

Web analytics is the collection, analysis, measurement, and reporting of data about Web traffic and visits for purposes of understanding and optimizing Web usage. For the purpose of performing web analytics, certain types of information are tracked during visits to Wellesley Institute’s website. For the purposes of the Privacy Act, this information is treated as personal information.

Wellesley Institute uses Adobe and Google Analytics and log file analysis to improve its web site. When your computer or other device requests a Wellesley Institute Web page, information is collected for the purpose of web analytics. The type of information collected includes, but is not limited to:

IP address of the device that has contacted the Wellesley Institute’ website (which is not stored or retained in a format that can be used to identify a visitor)

type of browser used

type of operating system used

the date and time of the visit

pages visited and documents downloaded

Wellesley Institute uses log file analysis internally. The information is not disclosed to an external third party service provider.

Web analytics is carried out using services from the third-party service provider Adobe Systems Inc. (Adobe Analytics) and Alphabet (Google Analytics) . These service providers are based in the United States of America (USA), which means that the personal information collected is transmitted outside of Canada and may be subject to USA laws, including the USA Patriot Act. In addition, Adobe and Alphabet operate servers in other countries on which the web analytics data may be processed. Consequently, the data may be subject to the governing legislation of the country where it is processed. For Adobe Analytics, Wellesley Institute has specified that personal information can only be stored on servers in Canada, the United States, the European Union, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. For Alphabet, Wellesley Institute has limited the type of collection used to minimize the availability of data to foreign governments.

To further protect information about visitors to Wellesley Institute’ website, Adobe Analytics uses a feature that hides part or all of the IP address of a visitor before it is stored.

Questions/comments on privacy

Questions or comments on the privacy practices at Wellesley Institute may be directed to:

Departmental Privacy Officer

Wellesley Institute

10 Alcorn Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4V 3B1
Phone: +1 (416) 972-1010