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In volume 5, issue 4 - Winter 2017:
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Census release

February 8th, 2017 marks the first 2016 Census release! The Daily contains links to numerous new Census-related products that came out today, including infographics, videos, maps, data tables, and more!

The Community Data Program team will make links available from our website to STC’s website for the free standard releases, while special orders – non-standard geographies and custom cross-tabs – will be ordered by the CDP and posted to our website as they are acquired.

For the full release schedule, click here: 2016 Census Program Release Schedule

Population and Dwelling Counts

Census profiles with Population and Dwelling Counts down to the Census Tract level can be found here, but to download Population and Dwelling Count data for all geographic levels including Dissemination Area, Aggregated Dissemination Area and Census Tracts, go to the Highlight Tables download page.

Geographic Resources

The software GeoSuite has been released with 2016 Census data. This is a useful tool for exploring the links between Census standard geographies and finding basic information and data on those areas.

Additionally, you can view thematic maps showing 2011-2016 population change by Census Division, Census Subdivision and Census Tract or use the updated Focus on Geography series, which presents data highlights for each of the major releases of the 2016 Census through text, tables maps and figures. 

Aggregate Dissemination Area (ADA)

Statistics Canada has created a new sub-provincial census dissemination geography called 'aggregate dissemination area' (ADA) for the 2016 Census. The ADAs cover the entire country and, where possible, have a population count between 5,000 and 15,000 people. 

For information and maps on ADAs, click here: A new Census dissemination area

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Data news

New data in the catalogue

We now have taxfiler (T1FF) data at the CSD level for select tables! T1FF data at the CSD level should be used with caution as there is relatively poor coverage quality for some CSDs (mostly in rural areas and low population areas). Statistics Canada does not accept responsibility for any direct or indirect consequences associated with under coverage or over coverage in T1FF data at the CSD level. You can download the methodology notes (T1FF_CSD_Quality_Note.docx) and coverage information (CSD_Coverage_CensusVST1FF_2011.xlsx) for more details.

Taxfiler data at CSD level - Family Data:

Taxfiler data at CSD level - Neighbourhood Income and Demographics:

  • N-05: Taxfilers and dependents with income by total income, sex and age group, 200520102014

Taxfiler data at CSD level - Seniors:

  • S-05: Sources of income of senior individuals by age group, 200520102014
There has been a change in the methodology used to produce the Income Inequality tables. The 2013 data tables have been re-run using a ‘purist’ decile methodology, in which each decile contains one tenth of the data values, regardless of whether the repeat values may be found in separate deciles. For more details, see the Methodology notes in the file package for Income Inequality, 2013. Other income inequality tables: The annual Shelter Capacity Report provides capacity statistics for emergency homeless shelters, transitional housing and violence against women (VAW) shelters in Canada. The number of shelter facilities and the number of permanent beds are reported for each province and territory, as well as by community.

Metadata Download Link

The download link has been fixed - you can now download a list of all existing data tables in the catalogue (generates an excel file, ignore the warning)!

Schedule B

The Schedule B for the 2016-2017 program year is available on the website. 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.

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[photo from the Poverty by Geography - Urban Poverty in Canada report]

How well do you know the Community Poverty Project? 

This unique look at poverty started out of the CCSD's Urban Poverty Project which was limited to a collection of urban centres, but now includes all communities across Canada. 

These profiles consist of tables that cross low income status with numerous demographic and socioeconomic dimensions, allowing for detailed analysis of poverty in your community, down to the census tract or dissemination area level. 

The tables measure low income according to the Low income measure, the Low income cut-off as well as the Market Basket Measure. The tables can be found on the catalogue page by selecting 'NHS 2011 - Community Poverty Project' under DATA GROUP.

Leads' Meeting

Lead representatives ("Leads") serve as the liaison between their Data Consortium and the Community Data Program management team. Last month, the Leads held a meeting on January 19th, 2017 to discuss the 2016 User Survey, the 2016 Census, data acquisition, custom geographies, and priority lists. 

Several actions from the meeting: 
  • CDP Team will process requests from 2016 User Survey
  • CDP Leads to submit custom geographies
  • CDP to maintain contact with Statistics Canada on orders and webinars
  • DPAWG will review the CPP tables to consider if changes need to be made
  • DPAWG to provide feedback on the priority list – all Leads are invited to do the same
  • CDP Leads to review and provide feedback on data acquisition priorities no later than May 11, 2017 in advance of the May 25-26 annual meeting
For the full meeting notes click here: Leads' Meeting 19-Jan-2017

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User Survey

Here's a brief look at the member organizations that make up the Community Data Program (based on 137 unique survey results)!

Member organization by sector

Important policy issues

Member organization by purpose

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Upcoming webinar

Data Visualization 

Boring bar graphs getting you down? Looking for a way to bring your data to life? Well, it’s time to put your pie charts in the oven and turn up the heat! Auburn Larose and Amy Estill from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health have cooked up a data visualization webinar.

Get your creative juices flowing on Tuesday, March 7th at 1:00 pm Eastern time!

The webinar will help you will the following:

  • Understand the basics of data visualization
  • Learn skills and collect tools to create effective visualizations
  • Find creative inspiration for your visuals

This webinar is open to CDP members and is limited to 100 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Part of a member organization but don't have an account? Register for a CDP account here.

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Webinar Series 

The Community Data Program webinar series fall under one of the following four themes: Program Orientation, CDP Product Profiles, Tranforming Data into Intelligence, and Data Charrettes. Webinars range from 60 to 90 minutes and can host up to 100 participants! Visit our Webinar Event page for more information and past webinars.

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 for the CDP network. Send a message to

Website resources

DIY Community Infographics

These DIY Infographic templates designed by the CCSD offers CDP members an easy-to- use tool to report on a number of important social development themes for any individual community, using data available from the CDP. 

Each template allows the user to easily type in data and information about any community at any level of geography. Click here for DIY Infographics and  instructions!

The data variables can be downloaded from the tables listed in the above link, or through a new data access tool

Map-based Data Access Tool

This map-based data access tool provides CDP members an easy way to download data variables for the DIY Infographics, popular data variables and selected topics.

Instead of downloading full tables of data containing geographies for the entire country, CDP members can select a geography (municipalities and custom neighbourhoods where available) and download data variables for that selected area! All download files are in Excel format.

Try the prototype tool and download currently available data variables for the Village of 100, Education and Regional Profile DIY Infographic templates! Click the link below for the tool.

Click here for the Community Data Access Tool

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Community Snapshots

Community Snapshots are a way for CDP members to share how community data is being used. All material provided to CCSD will be used to showcase the use of data by CDP members, the people who analyse the data, and its impact on communities.  

We want to know what your organization is doing with CDP data! All the Community Snapshots are posted to the Community Reporting Resources page. Send us a message at

News and updates

2016 Coordinated Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness

Employment and Social Development Canada has released a report that provides a look at the key findings of the 2016 Coordinated Point-in-Time (PiT) Count. These findings include the basic demographics of participants surveyed, as well as their reported experiences of homelessness, their income sources and their reasons for losing their housing. Read the report here: 2016 PiT report.

2017 Community Indicators Symposium

There is a Call for Proposals due on February 15, 2017 for Community Indicators! These community indicators should measure conditions in the community within a framework that is intended to generate interest among the public and decision-makers about necessary improvements to quality of life, sustainability and equity.  

The 2017 Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) Spring Symposium will be held June 12 and 13 in Winnipeg, MB - Canada. It is a two day symposium that offers a unique opportunity to build on all the activity around indicators currently underway in Canada and build bridges across projects throughout North America and beyond. 

Go to the website for more information:  2017 Community Indicators Symposium

Articles on big data and statistics

Recently, The Guardian published an article titled 'How statistics lost their power - and why we should fear what comes next' about the declining ability of statistics to accurately represent the world. Private companies are taking over and controlling big data, leading to inaccessibility of statistics and contributing to their mistrust.

Another interesting read is 'The Data That Turned the World Upside Down' which outlines the mechanisms for creating precise psychometric profiles on users for direct political advertising, not only on social media and the internet, but assisting door-to-door canvassers as well.

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