News from the CCSD Community Data Program Team

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In volume 5, issue 2 - Fall 2016:
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Census completion

Based on preliminary rates obtained directly from collection results (as of August 4, 2016), the overall response rate for the 2016 Census of Population is 98.4%, higher than each of the 2011 and 2006 Census programs! The collection response rate for the long form is 97.8%, the best ever recorded. 

The first set of data on population and dwelling counts will be released in February 2017. In the same month, Statistics Canada will release geographic data such as reference maps and boundary files. A full release schedule can be seen here.

In the coming months before the 2016 census data releases, the CDP are ramping up plans to acquire customized cross-tabs and geographies tables on behalf of our CDP members! 

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32rd Data Consortium
Columbia Basin-Boundary

We welcome the Columbia Basin-Boundary Community Data Consortium to CDP! Located in southeast British Columbia, this consortium is led by Selkirk College through its Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute.

The consortium catchment area includes the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, in addition to Revelstoke, Golden, Valemount and Columbia Shuswap Regional District Areas A and B with a combined population of 161,741 (in 2011).

With the addition of Columbia Basin-Boundary, the CCSD’s CDP now includes community data consortia representing 19.3 million Canadians (58% of the Canada’s population)!

Curious about the Basin-Boundary Community? Take a look at their 2015 Snapshot Report and learn about the business climate, workforce, demographics, education, and more.

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Data news

New data in the catalogue

Taxfiler (T1FF) tables:
  • Family Data (tables F-01 to F-18)
  • Neighbourhood Income and Demographics (tables N-1 to N-8)
  • Seniors (tables S-1 to S-5)
Financial Data and Charitable Donations
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) annual tables have been updated to include data from 2015. 

Canadian business counts, establishment and location counts, employment size and NAICS, June 2016 has been updated as well.

Schedule B

The Schedule B for the 2016-2017 program year is ready! It contains a list of data products to be acquired —including both data tables and analytical tools—as well as the names of data providers, a summary of available geographies, and the data delivery schedule

This document is amended regularly, subject to the availability and cost of data. If you have questions about this process or the data, please speak to your local Consortium Lead or to the Community Data Program Team.

We will no longer be purchasing data from the 2011 Census.

Updates to Envision

Envision5 is the latest released version of Envision, with changes to its interface. It has been enhanced with increased functionality, providing more advanced mapping, reporting and display features.

With these improved features, Envision5 is now more user-friendly and visually appealing. Using the “trade analysis tool”, you can filter your geographies using a map and select the variables you want to analyse! How-to videos are available in the help section of the Envision5 licence. Book a licence here:
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Upcoming CDP webinar

Indigenous populations in Calgary and Alberta: data sources and resources
Sept 20th at 1-3pm MST (3-5pm EST)

How can we use data to better understand Indigenous populations in Calgary and Alberta? In this webinar, The City of Calgary will present an overview of data from a variety of sources including Statistics Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Following the overview, participants will have a chance to find data and complete simple analysis through hands-on exercises. Although this webinar is focused on data for Calgary and Alberta, most of the information presented will also be applicable to other municipalities and provinces.

To participate in this webinar, participants require Beyond 20/20 software, spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel, and an account with the Community Data Program. A basic understanding of the Community Data Program catalogue and Beyond 20/20 software is recommended.

As a refresher, you can view a recording of the CDP Catalogue and Beyond 20/20 orientation presented by the City of Calgary's Jasmine Ing.

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Do you have a topic you would like to explore, share, and discuss? CDP members can request a webinar topic or deliver their own webinar event via the CDP in order to reach a wider audience! Send a message to

Changes to the CDP website

Improvements to the website

Some of you may have noticed some changes to the Community Data Program website! In an effort to make navigation easier and finding data simpler, the website has undergone many changes, with a few listed below: The data by theme is a new search based on key terms relating to the data product, allowing users to quickly look for selected topics and data.

Map-based Data Access Tool

Project coming soon! This mapping tool will highlight important social development themes and will allow users to download data based on their selected geographies from the map. The goal is for a user-friendly solution that will enable all CDP members to easily find, select, and download data.

Any comments will be greatly received for the improvement of the Community Data Program website! Send your suggestions to and tell us what you think or would like to see. 

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Community Snapshots

Your neighbourhood

We would like to know what your organization is doing with CDP data! You can use this template to create a Community Snapshot or simply send us an email with the information.  All the Community Snapshots are available on the Community Reporting Resources page.
DIY Infographics

Want to highlight your data in a visually fun way? As part of the Strength in Numbers series, use the templates and make your own infographics and fact sheets!

Want to see some examples from our CDP members? Here are a few: Find more on our website at Community Snapshots.

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News and updates

Policy Options

Read this interesting article on immigration and Canada's diverse population: Integration and multiculturalism: Finding a new metaphor.

Employment and Social Development Canada

Ministers Responsible for Seniors discussed key issues such as caregiver readiness, social inclusion, and the need for affordable housing options for seniors. Read more here

Canada Child Benefit 

Have you heard about the improved Canada Child Benefit program? With the introduction of a much better-targeted Canada Child Benefit, about 300,000 fewer children will be living in poverty in 2017 compared with 2014.
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

The housing market in Vancouver made big headlines recently due to the foreign buyer tax. From the REBGV's news release, Metro Vancouver home sales are expected to return to typical August levels as the historically normal activity throughout July and August replace the record-breaking sales earlier this year.

Building an inclusive and innovative Canada

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development wants to hear your ideas to help in the creation of an Inclusive Innovation Agenda

Offer your suggestions and ideas to make Canada a global leader in innovation!

"Canada needs a bold, coordinated strategy on innovation that delivers results for all Canadians. We need to move forward with fresh ideas and a joint action plan that will make innovation a national priority and put Canada on a firm path to long-term economic growth." -Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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