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Canada: Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada catalogues and publications

  • Search Statistics Canada's current publications and research papers in print and electronic formats.
  • Search Statistics Canada Library's online catalogue for current and discontinued publications.
  • The Daily: official release of Statistics Canada data. Includes the latest Indicators on Canada’s economy, land, people and the State.

Census of Population

Data tables and databases

Governmental sites for cities, provinces & territories

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United States

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International comparative statistics

Individual governments

More sources of world statistics

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Beyond 20/20

  • Beyond 20/20: This browser is available on public workstations at the Library. This browser is needed to view some statistical data, including much of what is included in Odesi. It can also be downloaded for free from Statistics Canada.
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What is the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)?

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.

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What kind of data is available through the DLI?

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.

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How do I access DLI data?

Through the web

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.

Aggregate data:


  • <odesi> - includes Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF) for the Census and some Statistics Canada's surveys as well as aggregate data from multiple sources).

Geospatial data

On request (DLI website: FTP and Web collection)

Some data can only be obtained on request, by the DLI Librarian.

For more information, see the DLI web site

List of upcoming product releases

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U.S. and International Microdata

  • Access is Restricted to Concordia Users ICPSR: a large data repository for the social sciences. Focuses on U.S. topics, but international and Canadian datasets are also included.
  • IPUMS: provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community contexts.
  • GESIS (Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences): Major European social sciences research institute. Datasets are available on a variety of socio-economic topics of European and international interest.
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DLI contact person

To request DLI products, or for more information, send an email to GIS and Data Services Librarian Alex Guindon at:

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