New Data Tables

Consultation objectives

Statistics Canada identified the need for a more simplified, coherent and user-friendly website and changed the way it disseminates information to Canadians. Statistics Canada launched its New Dissemination Model in spring 2018.

As part of this new launch, CANSIM tables have been replaced by data tables with the same or similar content that have a consistent presentation and that will be dynamically updated as new results are released. Other changes include the following:

  • Simpler titles to provide greater clarity about the primary focus and components of the table.
  • Each table is initially presented with drop-down filters that allow users to quickly navigate to the data points of interest.
  • Further customization using an Add/remove data button.
  • Having the option to pivot table rows and columns, using the customize layout button.

Following such a large transformation, it is important to ensure that a positive user experience is still provided and that users are able to obtain the desired data in an effective and efficient manner.

Consultation methodology

Statistics Canada conducted in-person usability consultations. Participants were asked to complete a series of tasks and to provide feedback on various New Dissemination Model Data Tables.

How to get involved

This consultation is now closed.

Individuals who wish to obtain more information or to take part in a future consultation may contact Statistics Canada by sending an email to

Please note that Statistics Canada selects participants for each consultation to ensure feedback is sought from a representative sample of the target population for the study. Not all applicants will be asked to participate in a given consultation.

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What worked

All participants were able to complete the majority of tasks without any major issues. They thought that the tables were fairly easy to use and contained useful features. Participants were fond of the layout and the simplicity of the tables. Overall, the new data tables were well received by participants as they thought that the information provided was clear and easy to understand.

Areas for improvement

  • Participants wanted the ability to further modify and manipulate variables. Additionally, all participants were not unaware and unable to find the tables with additional calculations.
  • Participants indicated that the units of measure were not always consistently indicated in the same area and were not included in the tables.
  • At times, participants were confused by certain labels within the list of indicators and within the manipulation function of the tables.
  • Most participants were not aware of the meaning of the different download options and were concerned that these options did not fully meet their needs.


  • Explore the possibility of adding additional features related to the manipulation of variables, and clearly indicate the availability of tables with additional calculations.
  • Ensure consistency when displaying the units of measure and consider including them within the tables.
  • All sections must be clearly and intuitively labelled to ensure that users know where to find the information they are looking for.
  • Ensure that each download option is clearly explained and consider providing users with download options that better meet their needs.

Statistics Canada thanks participants for their participation in this consultation. Their insights guide the agency's web development and ensure that the final products meet users' expectations.

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