First Free Data on Statistics Canada Website

2011 Census geographic products

Available today are four geographic products from the 2011 Census: Boundary Files, Road Network File, Correspondence Files and the Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names. These products represent the first suite of geographic products released from the 2011 Census.


What will be available free on Statistics Canada’s website?

Statistics Canada’s standard products — including CANSIM data, census data and geography products—will become available free of charge on our website as of February 2012 under a new Open Licence Agreement.

As a first step, on November 29, 2011, the majority of standard geography data products from the 2011 and 2006 censuses will be offered free of charge under the new agreement.

In February 2012, the 2011 Census standard products available on our website will be offered free of charge at all geography levels. Most of the standard geography data products from the 2001 Census will also become available for free on that date.

The new Open Licence Agreement will be posted on the Statistics Canada website on November 29, 2011.

Why is Geography data being released first?

Geography data are the first product line being prepared. The products being released November 29 (with no data) are establishing a framework for the future release of data products from the 2011 Census.

What is being released November 29?

The products being released are all described in the Preview of Geography Products that was released on our website a few months ago. The link to Geography preview is attached. It will explain what Geography products are coming out tomorrow and those that will follow.

When will 2011 Census data be released, and at what level of geography?

The actual data from the 2011 Census starts to come out on February 8, 2012 with the first release of the Population and Dwelling (P&D) counts. All P&D data down to the ‘Block’ level of data will be released (as FREE). Descriptions of data products being released for P&D and the remaining releases (including down to what levels of geo) are noted in the Census Preview of products and services that was released on September 21, 2011. The link is attached below.

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