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Government Information

A guide to sources of government information.

Types of Statistics Information

Government Documents are materials that are authored and published by government departments, government involved agencies, task forces and Royal Commissions. Key sites include:

  • Statistics Canada - statistics by subject
  • The Daily: Announcements of studies, current statistics and articles that are released on a variety of topics. This publication is no longer available in print.

  • Census: Conducted every five years, the census offers a snapshot of Canadian society at a given time. Census data is useful for making observations the about the current status of Canadian society.

  • Statistics Canada: Census Program Data Viewer: The Census Program Data Viewer (CPDV), is a new, web-based data visualization tool that will make statistical information more interpretable by presenting key indicators in a statistical dashboard. The CPDV makes it easy to find many places in Canada, see them on a map, and get basic geographic and sociodemographic data for those places.

  • Selected CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System) and Census data are available on the free database

Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) is a subscription plan providing access to Statistics Canada Public Use Microdata files (PUMFs), databases and geographic files to students and faculty.

If you require access to data files please contact Sandra Sawchuk ( Depending on the nature of your request DLI assistance or training may be required before data can be made available.  Many files will require access to SPSS, Beyond 20/20 or statistical software for viewing or analysis.

CHASS Data Centre

This collection of on-line databases and custom built search and retrieval programs are maintained by Computing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) at the University of Toronto.

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.
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