Data Reference Guide
The Community Data Program is made up of Data Consortia from jurisdictions across Canada. Each Consortium consists of several member organisations, from school boards to police departments to municipalities themselves.
The CSDS team understands that there are many new tools being introduced through this website and the greater effort to disseminate data to our members, as such we have created this help page to introduce new topics and softwares to users.
We encourage users to browse the help sites we have create here, which are a mix of tutorial materials created by CSDS users, administrators and associates as well as general information and things to be aware of when using Census data.
* Reference Material
* Definition of Terms
* Tips for Using CSDS Data
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What is the Community Data Program?
The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) established the Community Data Program (CDP) in the mid-1990s 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 a national network of 21 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:
Community Data Program
C/O Canadian Council on Social Development
P.O. Box 13713
Kanata, ON K2K 1X6
The Community Data Program (CDP) is led by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), and provides a gateway for municipalities and community-based organizations to access data from Statistics Canada in order to identify and better understand the social and economic trends within their individual communities.
The CDP is made up of three components:
1. Purchasing Data and Facilitating Access
Local organizations require social and economic data to make vital decisions about their planning needs, strategic forecasting and information delivery. Through the CDP, the social data needs of municipalities and community-based organizations are reviewed and appropriate sources of data identified. The CDP then brings together project partners with similar data needs in order to maximize their collective buying power and gain access to particular kinds of data that were previously unaffordable to the individual organizations.
The Community Social Data Strategy (CSDS) is a national consortium of local data user networks that provides a gateway through which municipalities and community-based organizations access social data from Statistics Canada and other sources.