Statistics Canada (StatCan) is the federal agency responsible for collecting, compiling, analyzing, abstracting, and publishing statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic, and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.1 The three main types of data collected by StatCan are:
THEMATIC SURVEY DATA: collected via surveys on populations, resources, economy, society, and culture.
ADMINISTRATIVE DATA: collected by government agencies and private-sector companies as part of their day-to-day operations.
CENSUS DATA: collected via the Census of Population (every 5 years). The most recent Census was conducted in 2016.*
The Statistics Canada website provides access to aggregate data, summary reports, survey and program descriptions, geographical products, and tools for data visualization.Statistics Canada is governed by the Statistics Act.