The Government of Canada is currently developing the next generation of data collection for people with disabilities as part of our efforts to continuously improve both their data collection model and their policies and programs for Canadians. As a result, they will no longer be conducting PALS.
Here is a template available to the CSDS working groups to use for work planning.
Lead Organizations for CSDS Member Consortia:
* Montreal - Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Côte-des-Neiges
* Ottawa - City of Ottawa
* Peterborough - Peterborough Social Planning Council
* Simcoe - Simcoe County
* York - York Region
* Toronto - City of Toronto
This list of tips should help you access Community Data Consortium data more efficiently and hopefully avoid some common issues. If you have any additional questions of have ideas on what to add to this list, please drop us in the Forum.
When using Census data please ensure that what you think you’re reading is what you are reading. The Beyond 20/20 summary pages within the ".ivt" table provide complete information about the variables included.
To access the summary pages: select File, then Summary from the "File" menu in the top left corner of the window. The summary will appear in a new Beyond 2020 window.
What definitions are included on this page?
The Census tables in the Catalogue have particular naming conventions. This page describes the some of the common terminlology that you will encounter when searching for Census data.
Statistics Canada uses a ten digit numbering system to catalogue all reports, surveys, and guides published within their organization.
Community profiles are standard Census tables at standard Census geographies. For example, the table titled,
94-581-XCB2006005 Community Profiles for Census Metropolitan Areas, Tracted Census Agglomerations and Census Tracts, 2006 Census
is a Community Profile for all of the Census Tracts in Canada.
Community Profiles include every standard Census variable, but none are crosstabulated. The Catalogue contains 11 Community Profiles ranging from Dissemination Areas to Provinces.
Realizing that we couldn't possibly provide all the tools and resources of interest on our site we have provided the following list of external resources that may be of assistance in using the data found on our site. If you think of others to add please do not hesitate to send them to
The following tutorials have been created to assist users in learning the basic functions of the CSDS Social Data Atlas tool.
Tutorial 1: Using the Atlas Tool to Answer an Analytical Question
Tutorial 2: Producing a Report in the Atlas Tool
The purpose of this information is to facilitate searching in the Community Data Program catalogue.