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Government Information & Data

A guide to sources of government information.

Data Use Licences

Since October 2018, public use microdata files (PUMFs) have been governed by the Statistics Canada Open Licence. Other types of data files, provided by the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), are subject to the terms in the Data Use Licence found below. 
More information on what users can now do with the data in PUMFs can be found at

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Statistics Canada Open Licence

Subject to this licence, Statistics Canada grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to:

  • use, reproduce, publish, freely distribute, or sell the Information;
  • use, reproduce, publish, freely distribute, or sell Value-added Products; and,
  • sublicence any or all such rights, under terms consistent with this licence.

In doing any of the above, you shall:

  • reproduce the Information accurately;
  • not use the Information in a way that suggests that Statistics Canada endorses you or your use of the Information;
  • not misrepresent the Information or its source;
  • use the Information in a manner that does not breach or infringe any applicable laws;
  • not merge or link the Information with any other databases for the purpose of attempting to identify an individual person, business or organization;
  • not present the Information in such a manner that gives the appearance that you may have received, or had access to, information held by Statistics Canada about any identifiable individual person, business or organization; and
  • not disassemble, decompile or in any way attempt to reverse engineer any software provided as part of the Information.

Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) Data Use Licence

The Government of Canada is the owner, or the licensee, of the intellectual property rights (including copyright) in the data products offered under the Data Liberation Initiative, and this licence is only a licence to use these data products. No title or other rights are conveyed by this licence.

These data products are provided "as is", and the owner makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, as to the appropriateness and fit for a particular purpose.

The data products are to be used only by educators, students, and other staff members of Mount Saint Vincent University (referred to herein as "authorized users") and only while they have such status with this educational institution.

These data products are provided for the exclusive purposes of teaching, academic research and publishing, and/or planning of educational services within this educational institution, and may not be used for any other purposes without explicit written approval, in advance, of Statistics Canada.

Authorized users are prohibited from using these data products in the pursuit of any commercial or income-generating venture either privately, or under the auspices of the educational institution.

Authorized users shall not attempt to re-identify the records on the micro data files so as to relate the particulars to any individual person, business or organization.

Copies of the data products can be retained by authorized users for the period necessary to conduct the research or teaching, including their use as evidence of research methodologies and results, and subsequent research and analysis.

The distribution of any data obtained under this agreement outside this educational institution through sale, donation, transfer or exchange of any portion of these data in any way is strictly prohibited, with the exception of distribution to bona fide participants in the Data Liberation Initiative. The DLI contact must agree to such distribution.

The publishing of data and analysis resulting from research using any of these data products is permitted in research communications such as scholarly papers, journals, and the like. The authors of these communications are required to cite Statistics Canada as the source of the data, and to indicate that the results or views expressed are those of the author/authorized user.

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. You may copy the guide as long as credit is included. We encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials. Please be aware that many of our guides contain links to subscription-based services for which access is restricted, and collections of resources that may have additional rights reserved. Please consult the licenses and terms of use for each resource.