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Canadian Government Statistics Sources

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture. In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life. In Canada, providing statistics is a federal responsibility. As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces and territories.


Sources Held by Statistics Canada 

Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, as defined by the 1982 Constitution Act, comprise the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.”
    • Click "Browse by Subject" and navigate to "Aboriginal Peoples of Canada" to access statistical information for the total Aboriginal population and each of the three groups.
    • Information is also available on age, sex, geographical locations, and historical data where available.
2011 Canadian Census
  • Canadian census from 2011 contains an Aboriginal Peoples subject that isolates Aboriginal data.
    • From the Statcan home page, scroll down to find the "Census Program" link. 
    • Within the census program, navigate to topics and click "Aboriginal Peoples"
      • This section contains analytical, raw data, and reference products that can be further broken down.
Aboriginal Peoples Survey
  • Aboriginal Peoples Survey is also hosted by Statistics Canada, which provides data on the social and economic conditions and the needs of Aboriginal people in Canada.
    • On the “Aboriginal Peoples” page for Statistics Canada, click the “Aboriginal Peoples Survey” to obtain data, which is collected every five years

Alberta Aboriginal Facts Sheet

The Aboriginal Peoples fact sheet provides information on statistics for Aboriginals parsed out to subjects.
  • Use search to find other province fact sheets from the page

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