Our Selected Statistical Sources handout (PDF) presents some of the most useful sources of Canadian statistics available online, via DLI and other programs. The sources listed include both microdata and aggregated data.
The Data Liberation Initiative is a Statistics Canada program established in cooperation with various academic organizations, through which students, faculty and staff of Canadian universities get enhanced access to specialized electronic data, especially microdata. For more information on the DLI program and a list of available products, see the DLI official website.
There are two forms of numeric data: aggregate data and microdata (raw data). For a definition of these terms, see the DLI Survival Guide. Although some versions of the data may already have been published in print publications and/or on Statistics Canada's Web site, sometimes with analysis, the DLI sources provide microdata so that researchers can perform their own tabulations or analysis.
Aggregate data is provided in formats such as Beyond 20/20, Excel, and other formats which allow the display and manipulation of data into new tables.
Microdata is provided in SPSS, SAS or other database-compatible formats for original statistical analysis. Knowledge of statistical techniques is necessary to access and manipulate the data.
The DLI also provides geographic data files in GIS format such as ArcReader and MapInfo.
DLI products complement the standard statistics available through Statistics Canada's regular channels.
Special consortium agreements with other institutions have made it possible for Concordia faculty, students and staff to access much of the DLI data through the Web, remotely, through common Web interfaces.
Some data can only be obtained on request, by the DLI Team.
For more information, see the DLI web site:
A list of Surveys for a complete list of DLI products
To request DLI products, or for more information, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The members of the DLI team are: