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National Statistics 100% open


What data is expected?

Key national statistics such as demographic and economic indicators (GDP, unemployment, population, etc). To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • GDP for the whole country updated at least quarterly
  • Unemployment statistics updated at least monthly
  • Population updated at least once a year

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (CSV, HTML, PDF, XML, Beyond 20/20)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Census, Population Estimates, Unemployment and GDP published by Statistics Canada)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


The National Statistical Agency is Statistics Canada publishes these data Some of the data it produces are free and under and open licence, many are not and are under a cost recovery program. The data under this category are freely available at not cost.

The Census of Canada is conducted every 5 years. Statistics Canada produces quarterly population estimates.

In the 2011 Census, the mandatory long-form census was eliminated and a voluntary National Household Survey was created. This voluntary survey provides lower quality data with less granularity and has cause much concern for cities and analysts.

Unemployment statistics are provided here and are updated monthly -

GDP data are published here and are updated monthly

There are many kinds of demographic data. Statistical data are also available from many federal agencies and they are released intermittently. Administrative health data are available from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). Health, education and so on are administered by provinces and territories and these are available by contacting all 13 jurisdictions. Revenue data are available from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) while housing data are available from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Unemployment and bankruptcy data are available from Human Resources and Development Services Canada (HRSDC), immigration from Citizen Immigration Canada, and so on. Some data are for fee, some are for free, some are difficult to find as there is no central repository, many of the agencies are not well organized and not all are in the open data portal. Also some of these are administrative data while others are official national statistics.

Reviewer comments

Data are available in multiple formats, current, and open.



  • Zach Christensen


  • Mor Rubinstein