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Data & Statistics

Sources and support for finding and using numerical, spatial, and statistical data.

Canada Data & Statistics

This page includes some commonly used resources, but there are many many more sources for data about Canada. Email the Data Librarian if you don't find what you need here.

Census

Data Portals

These sites include a range of data and statistics from Canadian government and other sources.

Where can I get Statistics Canada data?

Members of the Brock community have several options for accessing Statistics Canada content. There's a lot of overlap across the different portals listed below — all of them include Census data, for example — but they also each offer some specialized content or functions as well as different user interfaces. If you're unsure where to begin or have trouble finding what you need, please contact the Data Librarian for help.

  • Statistics Canada website - public/open content
    • Summary statistics & news briefs
    • Data tables with some customizability
    • Data visualization options
    • Analytical reports by StatCan staff
    • Intersectional topic hubs
  • Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) - member institutions (by subscription)
    • Researchers and students in higher education
    • Access to public use microdata files (PUMFs)
    • Mediated access via DLI contact to query StatCan staff about data not available on website or via PUMFs
  • Odesi - member institutions (by subscription)
    • Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)/Scholars Portal
    • Data portal including DLI PUMFs and other datasets from StatCan and other sources
    • Some open data content accessible by non-subscribers
    • Nesstar interface to explore, subset, and download in a variety of formats
  • CHASS - member institutions (by subscription)
    • University of Toronto
    • Data portal including Census (Canadian Census Analyser) and other StatCan surveys (CANSIM), as well as data from other sources.
    • Similar content to Odesi but with different interface for accessing data
    • Especially useful for downloading Census data by census tract or dissemination area
  • Scholars GeoPortal - member institutions (by subscription)
    • Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)/Scholars Portal
    • Geospatial data portal for data from StatCan and other sources
    • Some open data content accessible by non-subscribers
    • Map-based interface to explore, subset, and download in a variety of formats
  • Research Data Centre (RDC) - access by application; fees for unaffiliated users
    • Brock is an affiliate member of the McMaster RDC, so Brock researchers do not have to pay the access fee
    • Secure facility/computer lab to access to StatCan microdata masterfiles
    • Users must go to the RDC to access restricted microdata on site, and any resulting statistical output is reviewed by RDC staff to ensure relevant data protocols for privacy and security are upheld
    • Research application required for access
  • Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) - member institutions (by subscription/fee for use)
    • Brock does not (yet) have access; this may change in 2021 or 2022
    • Selected microdata sets available
    • Remote access to run queries and summary statistics on restricted-access data
    • Submit SAS program via RTRA interface and receive output - no direct access to view restricted data
    • Research application required for access