Data and statistics

Most of the Library’s data and statistics resources are available electronically. Some are freely available on the Web, while others are available through uOttawa’s licensed platforms or databases.

Sources available to the uOttawa community

Data are available for analysis as datasets, or microdata, using specialized software such as SPSS, Stata, R, or SAS.

Statistics are aggregated from data, and are often presented as tables, time series, maps, or as figures which can be downloaded to support your research.

  • E-Data (Conference Board of Canada) contains 7 economic intelligence databases, including economic forecasts for Canada, the Provinces, and Territories.
  • Haver Analytics provides historical time series data for macroeconomic research and analysis. The database contains both annual economic statistics and daily market information. Data that can be obtained through the University of Ottawa's licenses include data for Canada and the U.S., G10+ Countries and emerging market countries.
  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) is a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences and 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
  • Odesi (Data Service of Scholars Portal) is a data repository for social science and polling data, including public use microdata files and aggregate data from Statistics Canada.
  • RTRA (Real Time Remote Access) is a Statistics Canada portal that allows uploading of SAS files to query a given survey and download the results.  RTRA can only provide descriptive statistics.
  • Statistics Canada can be searched for their data, statistics, and publications.
  • Canadian Census Analyzer (CHASS) provides census profile data at various levels of geography back to the 1961 Census.
  • Census of population provides online Canadian census resources; previous censuses are available back to 1996.
  • uOttawa Library Interdisciplinary Data Collection contains openly available datasets, as well as some that are licensed and restricted for non-commercial use for the uOttawa community.
  • World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country in the world, including source material (including census and surveys) for the study of international religious demography.

This list is not exhaustive: please contact the Data Services team for support in finding data suitable to your research needs.

General resources


The University of Ottawa Library provides data services to support you when you need to find, access, and/or use data and statistics. We can meet with individuals, groups, and classes to help identify and acquire the data and statistics that you need. This could include helping you navigate the sources listed above, exploring others that are not listed, and/or working with your own data.

Our data services include:

  • Research consultations with individuals and groups
  • Course integrated teaching
  • Developing specialized workshops
  • Providing support at various stages of the data life cycle (as outlined in this What is research data management? page)

Need help?

For research help, consult the Data services page or email the Data Services team directly

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