Key eResources >

This international database provides access to 1,300 market reports that analyze 21 consumer and service industries across 80 countries. Also includes more than 6,500 company profiles.

Vividata Target Snapshot
Vividata provides information on print readership, non-print media exposure, product usage and lifestyles.

Country Watch
Political, economic, business and daily news is available.

CORA (the Canadian Opinion Research Archive)
Contains the results of Canadian surveys conducted by commercial research firms, independent think tanks, research institutes, NGOs, and academic researchers, going back to the 1970s. Access to CORA is through the portal. Be sure to check the CORA box once you are in the platform.

Statistics Canada >

Statistics provide a concise descriptive summary of data. Said another way, statistics are processed data that have been organized for display in tables and graphs. Searching for statistics can be a lengthy, multi-step process. Use this decision tree as a guide. Visit the Library for help if you don't find what you are looking for using the options below.

Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country: its population, resources, economy, society and culture. There are many ways to access these statistics; the following are key entry points to the website.

The Daily
Announces new product releases each weekday.

  • Many releases include CANSIM table numbers.
  • You can these table numbers to look up related data.

Summary Tables
Provide an overview of Canada’s people, economy, land, and governments.

  • Search the tables by keyword, subject, province, territory, metropolitan area, or by an alphabetical list.
  • Once on the site, click the Overview button on the left sidebar to see brief articles on each category.

The results of surveys conducted on a variety of subjects such as: health; education, training and learning; retail and wholesale; crime and justice; travel and tourism.

  • Search by keyword, subject or date. Publications are available in PDF or HTML formats.


CANSIM is Statistics Canada's primary socioeconomic database. It has over 2,800 tables and 41 million time series that track trends in the lives of Canadians.

Whereas the census represents information about Canadians at a particular point in time, CANSIM provides data at regular time intervals.

Census of Canada >

The Census is conducted every five years, most recently in 2011. Note that 2011 data is still being analyzed. Not everything is available yet. You may need to continue to use 2006 Census results in the interim.

  • Use the census to find Canadian demographic information, such as age and income within a certain geographical area.
  • Search by topic (such as education, language, families and households) or geography. Go to the list of data sources all census topics.

When searching for census statistics, it helps to know what level of census geography you are interested in (a province or smaller area?).

2016 Census Profiles
This profile presents information from the 2016 Census of Population for various levels of geography, including provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, communities and census tracts.

2011 Census Profiles
Provide overviews of population counts for various geographies (provinces, cities, census metropolitan areas, communities and census tracts). Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

2006 Community Profiles
Contain information on more than 5,600 Canadian cities, towns, villages and Aboriginal communities. Data are provided for major census topics such as families and households, earnings and income, education, language and population.

  • Search by place name or browse through listings for each province and territory. Data can be compared to another community or with provincial-level data.

2006 Census Tract Profiles
Wondering where to locate a business? Want demographic information on a small population based in a particular place? Then Census Tracts are for you.

  • Census tracts are small relatively stable geographic areas. The population usually ranges from 2,500 to 8,000. Each census tract has a number.
  • Search the profiles by postal code, GeoSearch2006, or by providing a census metropolitan area (CMA) or census agglomeration (CA) code and a census tract name.
  • Census tract numbers are useful because you can use them to look up information on a tract (Ex: population and income). GeoSearch2006, an interactive mapping system, is one way to find census tract numbers.
    1. Start at the GeoSearch page.
    2. See our GeoSearch2006 guide for step-by-step instructions.
    3. Return to the Census Tract Profiles page for comparative statistics in your area of interest.

Didn't find what you wanted?

  • Try searching the 2006 Census by subject using the topic-based tabulations.
  • See our guide for step-by-step instructions.

Content adapted from Sandra McIntyre, Statistics Canada trainer. Used with permission.

Data >

Data is raw information collected from records or by measurement in sample surveys or in observational data.

Humber Libraries subscribes to the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).

  • DLI provides access to Statistics Canada public data.
  • DLI files are produced in a variety of formats: Beyond 20/20, Excel, SPSS, SAS.
  • Beyond 20/20 (software that presents data in a table view) is loaded on the library computers but SPSS and SAS are only available in the computer labs.

DLI products include:

  • Public use microdata files (PUMFs) for over 200 surveys.
  • An enhanced line of Census products with greater geographic detail.
  • Aggregated data on subjects such as justice and education.

The DLI licence clearly states how DLI data can be used.

  • Data can be used by current Humber faculty, staff and students for teaching, academic research, publishing articles and reports, and service planning.
  • Data cannot be used for contractual or income-generating activity, disclosing information about any person, or redistribution outside the DLI.

Browse the DLI survey collection to see what is available. Find a survey you want? Contact Sandra Herber at for access.

Open Data portals


Subject Statistics >

Health Statistics

Aboriginal Population Profile

The Aboriginal Population Profile contains information on the Aboriginal identity population at the community level where the population count is equal to or greater than 250.

  • Canadian communities include: cities, towns, villages, Indian reserves and Indian settlements, counties or their equivalents, and metropolitan areas.
  • Search by place name, or by browsing lists by province or territory.

Crime and Justice

Statistics Canada has a section on crime and justice. These statistics come within the scope of the following five objectives of the justice system:

  • public order, safety, and national security through prevention and intervention.
  • offender accountability, reintegration, and rehabilitation.
  • public trust, confidence, and respect for the justice system.
  • social equality and access to the justice system for all citizens.
  • serving victims' needs.

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