*Readers have noted some of the links below (e.g. PUMF files) no longer work. The page will be updated. In the meantime, please feel free to write if you notice other problematic links.
Further to DataLibre and related initiatives, the following is a list of (supposed) publicly available data sources that may be useful to those conducting research on social and economic justice issues. It will be updated as sources are discovered or made available. Contributed data and content is always welcome.
Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)
View all DLI products (catalogued and non-catalogued)
If the site is inaccessible (likely if accessed from a non-DLI approved location… ain’t ‘Liberation’ grand), here’s a list of what’s available
Open Data Portal
Open Data Pilot ProjectDon’t bother. A site-restricted (*.gc.ca) web search works better than this hot mess.
CANSIM Tables (*free access as of February 1, 2012)
–CANSIM: Canadian Socioeconomic Database
Unfortunately, a lot of useful tables have either been removed, frozen or otherwise changed since becoming ‘free access’, with StatsCan now charging for access to previously available series. The following link to some of the removed/discontinued series follow
CANSIM: The many faces
Courtesy the University of Toronto Map & Data Library; includes links to
CANSIM I @CHASS
CANSIM II @CHASS
-Low income before tax cut-offs (1992 base) for economic families and persons not in economic families, 2005
-Percentage of the Population in Low Income Before Tax by 2006 CensusTracts (CTs)
Also see DLI
Survey of Financial Security
See CANSIM and DLI
-National Income and Expenditure Accounts: Data Tables
Financial Flow Accounts
–Financial Flow Accounts: Data Tables
Government of Ontario