News from the CCSD Community Data Program Team

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In volume 5, issue 3 - Winter 2016:
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Happy Holidays!

Holiday greetings from the Canadian Council on Social Development and the Community Data Program Team!

We are thankful for another year of great work on behalf of communities across the country. Our network has never been stronger - we have 30+ consortia, over 300 member organizations and 2000+ users across Canada! 

The new year will be exciting and full of new data - we are looking forward to the Long Form Census data, new tools and investments for the Community Data Program and our Annual General Meeting in Kingston 2017. Again, we thank you for your work!

Happy Holidays to All!  Joyeuses Fêtes à tous et à toutes!

Michel, Mike, Mary, Vivianne, Katherine, Peggy, and Julie

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Overview of the program

Here's a snapshot of our data usage!

Total Community Data usage over the past five years for all Consortia (2011-2016)

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Data news

New data in the catalogue

Permanent residents Target group profile - Francophone population Welfare Incomes More tables:

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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User survey

Earlier this month we conducted a Survey of Users’ Data Needs in order to better inform our data acquisition decisions over the next five years. We thank all those who participated in the survey! We take all comments and suggestions openly and strive to improve the Community Data Program for all users.

Some positive comments by CDP members:
  • "I am amazed that there are some regions and metropolitan areas in Canada without consortiums, as the Community Data Program is such a great resource."
  • "Every time I have called with a question I have been given excellent service, by really patient people who are great at explaining how things work."
  • "Great for us because it is: 1) local data; 2) current and up-to-date; 3) relevant to the work that we do; and 4) can be updated regularly!"
  • "This is a great program - and even though we might not always be able to use all the excellent data we have access to, its availability is important to us. Thank you for running this program."

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Upcoming taxfiler webinar


Webinar on taxfiler (T1FF) data

On Wednesday January 18th at 1:30 pm Eastern time, a representative from Statistics Canada Income Division will be presenting a webinar on Taxilfer data as part of the CDP Product Profile Webinar Series.

The presentation will cover:

  • What data the CDP has in its catalogue
  • Typical uses for taxfiler data
  • Methodological information on the T1FF population and geographies 
  • T1FF strengths and weaknesses
  • Income inequality and working poor tables

Click here for more details and event registration!

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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 for the CDP network. Send a message to

New 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 Infographic 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 and Regional Profile DIY Infographic templates! Click the link below for the tool.

Click here for the Community Data Access Tool

The catalogue

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.

Click here for the Catalogue.

In addition, there is a Data Index with a data map and glossary as an excel file that is used to define the variables from the Data By Theme search. You can glance at the data map to see what themes the data covers and what variables fall within the themes.

Click here to download the Data Index.

Other resources

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Community Snapshots

The Parent Resource Centre's Eastern Region
Community Profiles, 2016

These Community Profiles highlight a wide variety of indicators related to the social determinants of health (i.e. the status and living conditions of children and their families) and child outcomes. The indicators are presented in a storyboard format to give a more visual representation of the data available in each community.

Website: The Parent Resource Centre

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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

Community Data Program

Notes to the most recent meetings for the Data Purchase and Access Working Group (DPAWG) and Training and Capacity Building Working Group (TCBWG) can be found on the website. DPAWG discussed data acquisition for income inequality tables and taxfiler custom cross-tabulations, and TCBWG looked at additional webinars for training and capacity-building.

Canadian Council on Social Development

New infographics designed by the CCSD are coming in the new year! There will be six new templates free for CDP member use: immigration, health, inequality, poverty (taxfiler and census) and transportation. 

Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) launched its 3rd national report: How are Canadians really doing? The report compared eight domains of wellbeing from 1994 to 2014 and found a massive gap between GDP and our wellbeing.

Statistics Canada's independence

On December 7, a bill was proposed to reinforce Statistics Canada's independence through legislative amendments to the Statistics Act. Some targeted amendments include removing the threat of imprisonment for those who refused the surveys, creating an Advisory Council and transferring census records to the Library and Archives Canada.

Enough for All Campaign

Enough for All's aim is to cut poverty in half in Calgary by 2023. This will be done by building strong communities, helping people thrive, developing the Indigenous Strategy, and providing supports and resources. This campaign is a collaborative effort partnered with Vibrant Communities Calgary, the United Way, the Calgary FoundationMomentum, the City of Calgary, and more.

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