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Definitions, data sources and methods

The purpose of the site is to provide information that will assist in the interpretation of Statistics Canada's published data. The information (also known as metadata) is provided to ensure an understanding of the basic concepts that define the data including variables and classifications; of the underlying methodology of our surveys; and of key aspects of the data quality. It also provides direct access to questionnaires.

Surveys and statistical programs


Variables and statistical units

Statistical classifications

Public consultation and notices

Methodology products and services

Metadata Frameworks

International links

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