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The 2011 Census Boundary Files depict boundaries of standard geographic areas established for the purpose of disseminating census data. Cartographic boundary files depict the geographic areas using only the shorelines of the major land mass of Canada and its coastal islands.

Last Released: Mar 4, 2016
Vancouver's Old Streams, 1880-1920by Lesack, Paul; Proctor, Sharon J.

Paths of streams in Vancouver from 1880-1920 and the original shoreline of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Data in ESRI shapefile format and Google Earth KMZ format. Original map available as georeferenced colour TIFF.

Last Released: Oct 19, 2016

CanMap Content Suite contains over 100 unique and rich content layers. Each layer has a unique file and layer name with associated definitions, descriptions, attribution and metadata. All layers, with a few exceptions, are vector data consisting of polygon, polyline, or point geometry representation.

Last Released: Feb 3, 2017

The public use microdata file (PUMF) from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) provides data for health regions and combinations of health regions across Canada. Over the two year period, data are based on interviews with approximately 130,000 respondents aged 12 or older, residing in households in all provinces and territories. The files include information on a wide range of topics, including: physical activity, height and weight, smoking, exposure to second hand smoke, alcohol consumption, general health, chronic health conditions, injuries, and use of health care services. It also provides information on the socio-demographic, income and labour force characteristics of the population.

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Last Released: Nov 22, 2016

CanMap Content Suite contains over 100 unique and rich content layers. Each layer has a unique file and layer name with associated definitions, descriptions, attribution and metadata. All layers, with a few exceptions, are vector data consisting of polygon, polyline, or point geometry representation.

Last Released: Jan 13, 2016

This package was designed to enable users to access and manipulate the microdata file for Cycle 25 (2011) of the General Social Survey (GSS). It contains information on the objectives, methodology and estimation procedures, as well as guidelines for releasing estimates based on the survey. Cycle 25 collected data from persons 15 years and over living in private households in Canada, excluding residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; and full-time residents of institutions. For the fifth time, in 2011, the General Social Survey (GSS) collected detailed information on families in Canada. Previous GSS surveys on this topic were conducted in 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2006. The 2011 survey updated most of the information collected in previous surveys, including leaving the family home, conjugal history (marriages, common-law unions, separations and divorces), children (biological, adopted or step), maternity and parental leave, childcare arrangements, intentions to form (or re-form) a union, fertility intentions, custody and financial support agreements and work history. As in all GSS surveys, data were also collected on the respondent's main activity, education and other socio-demographic characteristics. The 2011 GSS data can be used for cross-sectional and retrospective analyses (i.e. tracking the different family histories and trajectories followed by men and women).

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Last Released: Nov 22, 2016

This file provides unique access to non-aggregated and anonymous data for a 2.7% sample of the Canadian population. It contains a comprehensive social, demographic and economic database about Canada and its people that includes a wealth of information on population characteristics. The geographic identifiers in the file have been limited to provinces and territories as well as metropolitan areas to ensure the anonymity of respondents.

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Last Released: Nov 22, 2016

The central objective of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) is to gather health-related data at the sub-provincial levels of geography (health region or combined health regions).

In 1991, the National Task Force on Health Information cited a number of issues and problems with the health information system. To respond to these issues, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Statistics Canada and Health Canada joined forces to create a Health Information Roadmap. From this mandate, the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) was conceived.

The CCHS is a cross-sectional survey that collects information related to health status, health care utilization and health determinants for the Canadian population. It relies upon a large sample of respondents and is designed to provide reliable estimates at the health region level. The CCHS has the following objectives:

  • Support health surveillance programs by providing health data at the national, provincial and intra-provincial levels;
  • Provide a single data source for health research on small populations and rare characteristics;
  • Timely release of information easily accessible to a diverse community of users;
  • Create a flexible survey instrument that includes a rapid response option to address emerging issues related to the health of the population.

Since 2007, data for the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) are collected yearly instead of every two years. While a sample of approximately 130,000 respondents were interviewed during the reference periods of 2001, 2003 and 2005, the sample size was changed to 65,000 respondents each year starting in 2007.

The CCHS produces an annual microdata file and a file combining two years of data. The CCHS collection years can also be combined by users to examine populations or rare characteristics.

The primary use of the CCHS data is for health surveillance and population health research. Federal and provincial departments of health and human resources, social service agencies, and other types of government agencies use the information collected from respondents to monitor, plan, implement and evaluate programs to improve the health of Canadians . Researchers from various fields use the information to conduct research to improve health. Non-profit health organizations and the media use the CCHS results to raise awareness about health, an issue of concern to all Canadians.

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Last Released: Nov 22, 2016

The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment which are among the most timely and important measures of performance of the Canadian economy. With the release of the survey results only 10 days after the completion of data collection, the LFS estimates are the first of the major monthly economic data series to be released. The Canadian Labour Force Survey was developed following the Second World War to satisfy a need for reliable and timely data on the labour market. Information was urgently required on the massive labour market changes involved in the transition from a war to a peace-time economy. The main objective of the LFS is to divide the working-age population into three mutually exclusive classifications - employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force - and to provide descriptive and explanatory data on each of these. LFS data are used to produce the well-known unemployment rate as well as other standard labour market indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate. The LFS also provides employment estimates by industry, occupation, public and private sector, hours worked and much more, all cross-classifiable by a variety of demographic characteristics. Estimates are produced for Canada, the provinces, the territories and a large number of sub-provincial regions. For employees, wage rates, union status, job permanency and workplace size are also produced.

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Last Released: Oct 5, 2016

This is the official release of the Postal Code Conversion File Plus (PCCF+) version 6B based on the 2011 Census. This file reflects postal code data from the Canada Post Corporation up to and including November 2014. The Postal Code Conversion File Plus (PCCF+) is a SAS control program and set of associated datasets derived from the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF), a postal code population weight file, the Geographic Attribute File, Health Region boundary files, and other supplementary data. PCCF+ automatically assigns a range of Statistics Canada’s standard geographic areas and other geographic identifiers based on postal codes. The PCCF+ differs from the PCCF in that it uses population-weighted random allocation for postal codes that link to more than one geographic area. What’s new? The postal code reference date for the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) and the Postal Code Conversion File Plus (PCCF+) is November 2014. This release has been updated to include 2014 health region boundaries. Note that Ontario Public Health Units are now shown as ‘alternate health regions’, as in earlier versions of PCCF+. Records with the same ID and postal code appearing more than once in the input dataset will now be assigned to the same geography (similar to PCCF+ Version 5K). The weighted conversion file (WCF) includes revised weights for Indian reserves for 2011 (similar to PCCF+ Version 5K). Where postal codes in the PCCF are not completely geocoded (missing DA), they will now be coded from the first five characters, using census population weights. The residential flag (ResFlag) field has been updated to be more conservative with respect to the non-residential flag (-) and to be more inclusive with respect to the residential flag (+). The institutional flag (InstFlag) field has been updated and as a result, the hospital flag (HOSP) has been removed as it is now redundant. Users can now read in text files. The final output datasets are now exported as .txt and .csv files. The coding precision (Prec) field has been redefined to more meaningfully describe the precision of the geographic coding of each record by PCCF+.

Last Released: Oct 5, 2016
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