Below is a list of major data sources for Canadian and international statistics.

Harvard dataverse

Dataverse is an open source application to publish, share, reference, extract and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others work. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive appropriate credit. The Harvard Dataverse Network is open to all scientific data from all disciplines worldwide. It includes the world's largest collection of social science research data.

Roper Center iPOLL

iPOLL is the search interface to the public opinion data housed at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University. The Roper Center is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys.

Global Financial Database

In order to access GFDatabase's historical stocks, commodities, and other financial time-series databases, create an account with your email address at the link below, then select the search engine of your choice. Data can be downloaded in .xls or .csv formats, or graphed in-browser.


<odesi> is a repository of over 3,500 Canadian social science datasets, including Statistics Canada microdata files and statistical tables, as well as a range of public opinion polling data. <odesi> allows to you explore, analyze, subset, and download data for your choice of statistical software package.


CANSIM is Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database of time series statistics. CHASS at the University of Toronto hosts a copy of CANSIM and has developed a multidimensional interface that lets you search, explore and download the data series. Historical versions of the CANSIM database are also available through this link.