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In volume 6, issue 2 - Fall 2017:
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Follow up on the Leads' Meeting

The Leads' Meeting was held yesterday, September 21st, 2017, with 22 leads in attendance.

The meeting provided updates on the CDP Strategic Plan 2017-2022, Data Access, Training and Capacity Building, Website Refresh Project, Administration, and the next AGM.

Some highlights from the meeting:
  • Geocoding process continues, more than 80% complete
  • Introducing Data Parties - a webinar type session for discussing census releases
  • Website refresh in progress, received a number of proposals for a website redesign with new tools and a learning centre
  • Full renewal with all current Community Data Program consortia
  • Ottawa Consortium has expanded its boundaries, now the 4th largest consortium
  • Next Annual General Meeting on May 23-25, hosted by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
For full meeting notes, click here.

For information about the Data Purchase and Access Working Group, click here.

For information about the Training and Capacity Building Working Group, click here.

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Data news


New data and updates in the catalogue


We now have 2015 taxfiler data!  Click here for a list of taxfiler tables from Data by Theme search.

Family tables:

Individual tables:

Seniors tables:

Other tables:

Canadian Business Counts

Upcoming data releases

Keep an eye out in September/November for the Labour Force Survey (2016), Calculated Financial Assets (2016) tables, Canadian Community Health Survey (2016), Credit Report Characteristics (2016), and the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (2016).

Look at Schedule B for a list of products that the CDP intends to acquire this program year. 

Released 2016 Census topics to date

CCHS PUMF - How to extract an IVT data file

Want to extract data from the CCHS PUMF table but don't know how? Watch this video and learn how to do it! 

You can download the latest CCHS PUMF table here: CCHS - PUMF-FMGD - Annual Component, 2014 and 2013-2014 - Health indicator profile, annual and two-year period estimates, by age group and sex, Canada, provinces, territories, health regions.
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In the coming weeks, the Community Data Program will be hosting two webinars. 

Dr. Gillian Kerr and Wojtek Bak from LogicalOutcomes will present a webinar on Social Data: OCASI’s New Service Information System on October 5th, 2017 at 1:30pm - 3pm ET.

This webinar will tackle some important questions; how public data sets be used at a smaller scale by community organizations? How can community data help agencies improve and demonstrate their impact? Hear from Dr. Gillian Kerr on an exciting new project that is creating a shared information platform to support evaluation and learning among community agencies.

This webinar is open to Community Data Program members. Click here to go to our event page.

On October 11th, 2017 at 1:30pm - 3pm ET, there will be a CDP Orientation webinar providing an overview of the Community Data Program, Data Consortia and Member Organizations. This webinar will discuss the types of data available in the catalogue and how to navigate the CDP catalogue to select and download data. Learn how to use the software Beyond 20/20 for viewing and organizing large sets of data.

As a refresher, you can watch a recording of an excellent orientation on the CDP catalogue and Beyond 20/20 by the City of Calgary's Jasmine Ing.

Click here to register for the CDP Orientation.

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Community Snapshots

GEMS (Geographic and Effective Measures Services)

Geographic and Effective Measures Services, the Community Information and Mapping System, and Effective Measures are initiatives of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa.

Whether you want a profile of your neighbourhood, a wall map for a community meeting or a set of custom maps using your own data, the mapping services in GEMS offer a range of options. Maps can be available on-line on our website or yours, in printable form or as confidential interactive files on your own IT system.

Mapping your own data
  • See data from organizations such as Statistics Canada and Industry Canada as on-line maps or as a profile for your catchment area.
Mapping your own data
  • Maps showing custom information such as agency service statistics or survey responses are a powerful tool to improve understanding and planning.
Participatory mapping
  • Get wall maps for community meetings in a choice of styles. Meeting participants can add information which matters to them – such as areas with poor lighting or the location of fruit trees.
Reports and maps
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.

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News from our friends and partners


State of the North

Northern Policy Institute's State of the North is an annual conference that brings together policy experts and community leaders to explore the state of Northern Ontario from economic, social and environmental perspective. 

This year's theme: Responding to Northern Ontario's Demographic Shift

The conference will be held on September 27th and 28th, 2017 in Timmins, Ontario.

Go to for more information and register for this event!

Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Report Release

On Thursday, September 7, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released their mandatory report. The report includes over 20 recommendations to facilitate the sharing of data across agencies and the evaluation of federal programs.

The report includes recommendations on:

  1. How the Federal government can provide the infrastructure for secure access to data.
  2. The mechanisms to improve privacy protections and transparency about the uses of data for evidence building.
  3. The institutional capacity to support evidence building.

Getting to know Canada's nonprofit sector: why we need better data

CCSD is involved in a working group on Sector-Wide Data. This group aims to improve the availability and accessibility of data in the charitable and nonprofit sector (meet the working group).

The working group’s mandate is to:

  1. Map out currently available federal data resources for the charitable and nonprofit sector and identify data gaps
  2. Develop policy recommendations on what the federal government can do to address the gaps in data

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) is an organization that promotes and strengthens the nonprofit and voluntary sector by developing and sharing resources and knowledge, building connections, leading collaborative work, and giving voice to critical issues affecting the sector. 

Review of existing quality of life/wellbeing indicators frameworks in use in Canada

The Government of Canada initiative on Measuring Poverty Reduction wants to work together to reduce poverty in Canada. In support of this, the CDP team has prepared an indicator review document!


The incorporation of indicators of social impacts into composite social indices has been the subject of considerable effort in North America since the late 1960s. Over the past decade, literally hundreds of indices have been developed to measure social change at international, national, and local scales by governments, institutes, non-profit organizations, and others. Most indices are not linked to natural resource or land use, but some include environmental variables.

The following compendium presents short profiles of two dozen indicator-based social development indicator models currently in use in Canada. Each profile includes a summary description, illustrates the indicators employed, identifies data sources and provides a link to the initiative. The compendium also includes a review of measures of poverty by province.

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