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Microdata Use: Canadian Census Microdata

Major sources of microdata by country and subject and tips research use

Canadian Census Microdata

Microdata services in Canada are very well developed. The Canadian Census microdata, of which the Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF) are the core, can be well accessed from the following data sources.

Source    Description

Statistics Canada

Explore Canadian Census Microdata on the Statistics Canada website. They have more than just census microdata but to access to PUMF files for the 2016 Census visit the Data Products page. For more raw data sets visit the Census Datasets page and explore different data sets that are available for download by date and topic.

Data Liberation Initiative Web Site(DLI) DLI, a cooperative effort among various academic organizations, Statistics Canada and other government departments, whereby subscribing Canadian academic institutions gain access to a large collection of Statistics Canada's electronic data files on CD-ROM, FTP or the Web. With the advent of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), Canadian universities need no longer purchase Statistics Canada data file by file. Instead, participating universities pay an annual subscription fee that allows their faculty and students unlimited access to DLI microdata, databases and geographic files.Canadian Census microdata, i. e., PUMFs, are now mostly distributed under this cooperative program. Visit the DLI Collection page to find out what census microdata are available under the Initiative.
Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) Research Data Centres offer a secure access to detailed microdata from Statistics Canada's surveys, and to Canadian censuses' data, as well as to an increasing number of administrative data sets. It is the result of the collaboration of three universities: Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais. The search engine was designed to help users find out more easily which dataset among all the surveys available in the RDCs best suits your research needs. You can search by theme or subject, by type of survey  or by its name.