The Community Data Program (CDP) was established by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) as a gateway for municipalities and community sector organizations to access customized tables from Statistics Canada and other providers to monitor and report on social and economic development trends within their communities.
The Community Data Program is made up of a national network of over 30 community data consortia. There is a Community Data Consortium in most big Canadian cities. Members include more than 50 municipalities and 1000+ users, including local police, social planning councils, health and family service agencies, school boards United Ways and other organizations working on the ground for social development.
There are three core purposes to the Community Data Consortium model:
- Purchase and facilitate access to social data at the smallest geographies possible
- Train organizations to analyze community data and use it for better decision making
- Communicate and disseminate the results as widely as possible
Lead representatives ("Leads") serve as the liaison between their Data Consortium and the Community Data Program management team. The Leads meet on a quarterly basis for discussion and feedback on the program. Many of these members are involved in working groups to help the Community Data Program management team in the development and outreach of the program:
- The Data purchase and access working group (DPAWG) identify data needs, improve data access, acquire data, and and address related technical concerns.
- The Training and Capacity Building Working Group (TCBWG) review and submit ideas to improve the training and learning tools provided by the program, to increase the capacity of the membership to make use of the data and to produce research products, and to improve the website to support the work of the membership.
The Community Data Consortium model has enabled the CCSD to negotiate with Statistics Canada and other data providers for the preparation and lower-cost purchase of a wide variety of data that is geographically specific for planning local programs and services, and includes a replication of income and demographic data bought in previous years (see Data Purchase Schedule B). With over $1M of socioeconomic data, members can download and use tables from a variety of sources, both survey and administrative down to the smallest scale possible. The Program can also acquire Statistics Canada data for your custom boundaries.
Get more information on the Community Data Program by visiting the Program Resources page.
About the Canadian Council on Social Development [ccsd.ca]
The Community Data Program is led by the Canadian Council on Social Development. CCSD is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, which was founded in 1920. CCSD’s mission is to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities. CCSD does this through research, consultation, public education and advocacy. Its main product is information. Its sources of funding include research contracts, the sale of publications and memberships, and donations.
Join the Community Data Program
Already part of a Data Consortium?
If you are already part of a Data Consortium but have not signed up for access to communitydata.ca, you can register as a user. You will receive an email within one business day confirming that your account has been activated. Note that if you haven't been pre-approved by your Consortium Lead, we will get in touch with you and your Lead to confirm your status.
Join an existing Data Consortium as a Member Organization
If a Consortium already exists in your community, you can join them as a Member Organization.
To be eligible, your organization must
The cost to join a Consortium varies by community. At a minimum, it requires a $125 Membership Fee to CCSD per year per organization.
If there's no Consortium in your community, we encourage you to start one! It's a great way to access small-area data, bring together local groups, and join the Canada-wide CDP network.
The annual Consortium Fee is between $5,000 and $19,990, based on your community's underlying population. The fee can be shared among an unlimited number of Member Organizations. Member Organizations must also pay a $125 Program Membership Fee.
Each Consortium has a Lead Organization, usually the largest member municipality, although a community organization may also be a Lead. To create a Consortium, the Lead Organization enters into an agreement with the CCSD.
Get in touch
Community Data Program
C/O Canadian Council on Social Development
P.O. Box 13713
Kanata, ON K2K 1X6