Canadian Statistical Geospatial Explorer

Consultation objectives

The Canadian Statistical Geospatial Explorer (CSGE) is an interactive mapping tool. Users can explore, create custom maps and download geo-enabled data to inform decision-making about their areas of interest. The CSGE allows users to visualize data at granular and aggregated geographic levels.

As part of ongoing efforts to improve the CSGE, Statistics Canada is opening a dialogue with users about this tool. As part of this initiative, a virtual consultation was held to seek feedback on the tool's functionalities and usability, as well as to seek input on what functionalities and improvements users expect in future versions of the tool.

Consultation methodology

Canadian Statistical Geospatial Explorer (CSGE) users were invited to provide feedback on the tool through a brief questionnaire. A group of these users also took part in virtual group discussions where they were invited to provide feedback on the tool's functionalities and usability, as well as the functionalities they would like to see in future versions of the tool.

How participants got involved

This consultation is now closed.

Individuals who wished to obtain more information or to take part in a consultation were asked to contact Statistics Canada by sending an email to

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Participants liked the following aspects of the CSGE version 1.0:

  • The tutorials available on the landing page
  • The inclusion of charts
  • The multiple pathways for filtering the map

Participants suggested that the following areas of the CSGE 1.0 could be improved:

  • The "Find a place on the map" search bar
  • The current options and methods for exporting data
  • The process for filtering data by geographic region
  • The inability to multi-select when using the filters

After analysis, recommendations for future versions of the CSGE include:

  • Add an option to navigate back to the landing page (and the resources included on the landing page) from the application page
  • Add an option to filter by geographic level first
  • Add a "reset" button
  • Ensure that the labels in the filter menu are clear and intuitive
  • Include reference materials related to the data displayed in the tool