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2016 Census Data and Documentation

For data about population, age, sex, dwellings, families, marital status, language, immigration and ethnocultural diversity, aboriginal peoples, education and labour, mobility and migration, language of work, income and housing.

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2016 Census - Maps and geography

Some geographical products are still only available for 2011 and will be updated as they become available.

2011 Census and National Household Survey (NHS)

For data about population, age, sex, dwellings, families, marital status and language.

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Data
Documentation

For data about immigration and ethnocultural diversity, aboriginal peoples, education and labour, mobility and migration, language of work, income and housing.

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2001 and 2006 Census

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Tutorials - Restricted interfaces for accessing or viewing Stat Can microdata

Canadian Census Analyser

The Canadian Census Analyser allows you to quickly extract data from census profiles, from 1961 to 2011, as well as access microdata from the census not available on Statistic Canada's website.

Odesi

Dalhousie does not subscribe to Odesi, but you can use it to do a variable search for Statistics Canada microdata available in the DLI collection.

SDA

SDA allows you to download microdata from Statistics Canada's survey, and also to create online cross-tabs.

Other Interfaces for Finding Data or Statistics

Google

Many datasets are publicly discoverable on Google. Try one of the following exercises to practice special search techniques such as using the site: and filetype:operators to do very effective searches.

Halifax Open Data Catalogue

The Halifax Open Data Catalogue contains many downloadable datasets of interest to the HRM community. The interface also allows you to filter and visualize data online.

Nova Scotia Open Data Portal

The Nova Scotia Open Data Portal contains many datasets. I recommend downloading these datasets, but it's also possible to do some data visualization online.

Stat Can's Census Profile

The 2011 census profile and the 2011 long-form census profile contain census variables also available through the Census Analyser.

Work on the profiles for the 2016 census will be completed later this year.

Nova Scotia

You'll find links to a few more resources on the Nova Scotia page.

Maps and geography

Consider consulting the GISciences Centre for additional help and information.

See also GISciences Centre's Inhouse Data for more maps and files.

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Statistic Canada

Interfaces for accessing or viewing Stat Can data

Beyond 20/20

When downloading census data from Statistics Canada's website, ".ivt" or Beyond 20/20 files are a better alternative to ".csv" or Excel files because you can easily format your table before exporting data back to Excel-compatible formats. Windows only.

CANSIM

CANSIM tables have been replaced by interactive data tables available on Statistics Canada's website which can be used to quickly view numbers online. Make sure to click on "Add/Remove" data to see all the options.