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General Canadian statistical sources

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Introduction

Facts or figures are often used in studies or reports to make a point. These values, which are often referred to as statistics, tend to be aggregate counts, totals, sums, or averages. In the print world, this type of numerical information is typically found in statistical abstracts, census monographs, and serial publications from Statistics Canada or other government agencies, such as the Bank of Canada. In the digital world this numeric information appears on CD-ROM and similar products with electronic table access, or in electronic journals. (Source: Chuck Humphrey, University of Alberta, 1997)

This document deals with the location of statistics (as opposed to raw primary data), primarily in computer-readable form, with an emphasis on national statistics. In some cases, references are to collections of statistics themselves; in other cases, references are to tools that assist you to locate statistics in print or in electronic publications. Since excellent directory sites already exist which provide access to U.S. statistics, and to international statistics, this document concentrates on the location of Canadian statistics.

In Canada, Statistics Canada is the major collector of socio-economic data and producer of socio-economic statistics. Thus there is an emphasis on Statistics Canada's products in this document. For a general introduction to Statistics Canada, and how data are organized, classified, and released, see <http://prod.library.utoronto.ca:8090/datalib/codebooks/cstdli/ico/aboute2.pdf>

Much restricted data from Statistics Canada is available via Depository Libraries under the Depository Services Program (DSP) through Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Prospective users who are not University of Toronto faculty, students, or staff, should contact their nearest Depository Library.

Additional restricted data from Statistics Canada is available to Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) member institutions through their local contact. Prospective users with no DLI member institution affiliation should contact their local data library or data service or nearest Statistics Canada office.

Locations and access conditions, where restricted, in this document relate specifically to the University of Toronto.

In the interests of brevity, for Canadian sites which contain both English and French language resources, only English language sources are given here; most Canadian federal government Internet sites and some provincial sites include links to parallel French-language resources.


General Canadian statistical sources


Canadian statistics on special topics

Aboriginal peoples

Aging

Agriculture

Census of population

Census year Finding statistics Looking at maps Additional information
2006
2001
1996
pre-1996
1665-1871    

Cities

Consumer behaviour

Crime and justice

Demography

Education

Elections

Energy

Environment

Financial and economic

Health

2007 (update) see (PDF):http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-402-x/82-402-x2009001-eng.pdf and boundary files:http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-402-x/2007001/4067047-eng.htm
2003: http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-221-XIE/00503/regions.htm
2002: http://datalib.chass.utoronto.ca/codebooks/cstdli/82f0082xcb.htm
2002 is restricted. Available to Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) member institutions through their local contact or for purchase see Statistics Canada IPS catalogue.
At University of Toronto: available to Brock University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and York University IP addresses.

Historical statistics

Homelessness

Housing & real estate

Immigration

Income

Labour

Language

Media

Miscellaneous

Natural resources

Provincial statistics n.e.c

Public opinion

Religion

Tourism

Trade

Transportation

Vital statistics

Women

See also:


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