The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) is a subscription agreement providing scholarly access to Statistics Canada Public Use Microdata files (PUMFs), selected StatCan databases and geographic information files, to students and faculty at participating universities.
PUMFs are non-aggregated data which are carefully modified and then reviewed to ensure that no individual or business is directly or indirectly identified.
Below you will find a variety of tools used to identify and retrieve Statistics Canada PUMFs. Contact Research Help or Joyce Thomson (DLI Librarian) for assistance.
Datasets you are able to retrieve yourself are licenced to you under terms of the Statistics Canada Open Data Licence. Please read and be sure to abide by these licence terms before making use of StatCan micro datasets.
Statistics Canada Public Use Microdata Files
ODESI (Search & Identify variables only)
Some DLI-Licensed datasets can only be accessed on your behalf via the DLI Librarian.
If you can't find what your looking for, please contact the Library Research Help Desk or Joyce Thomson, Digital Services Librarian (DLI) via Teams or email for further information.
CHASS Data Tools (Computing for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Toronto):
If you're interested to use these, contact Joyce Thomson, Digital Services Librarian, Patrick Power Library
Postal CodeOM data products: PCCF and PCCF+:
Discharge Abstract Database (DAD):
Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) (Licence Terms Here)
Need more granular data than DLI PUMFs provide? Consider:
If the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) public use microdata files do not fulfill your data requirements, Statistics Canada Research Data Centres can provide approved researchers with access to master files from population and household surveys. Access to a RDC is available only to approved researchers, as the centre provides access to confidential microdata files.
For Saint Mary's researchers, the nearest centre is the Atlantic Research Data Centre (ARDC) is located at Dalhousie University.
Start your application early, as it can take a very long time to complete this process.Contact Joyce Thomson for further information.