Requests for information – Crime and justice

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.

Correctional Services

Correctional Data for the 2021 Census of Population

What information is being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting data on correctional facilities and individuals residing in Canadian correctional facilities for the purpose of the 2021 Census of Population.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request contains personal information such as the individual's name, date of birth, sex, date of admission to the facility, marital status and language spoken. Personal identifiers including name and date of birth are required to perform data linkages, for statistical purposes only. Once the data are linked, the personal identifiers will be replaced by an anonymized-person key, meaning individuals will be unidentifiable post linkage.

What years of data will be requested?

The data available on Census day, which is May 11, 2021.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from all federal, some provincial and territorial correctional services programs which include:

  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Service-Justice and Public Safety
  • PEI Community and Correctional Services
  • New-Brunswick Public Safety
  • Quebec public safety and Ministry of Health and Social Services
  • Ontario Children Community and Social Services-youth division
  • Manitoba Justice- Corrections
  • Yukon Correctional Services and Yukon Health and Social Services
  • Northwest territories Department of Justice, Corrections Service
  • Nunavut Justice- Corrections.

Why is this information being requested?

In order to fulfill its mandate for the 2021 Census of Population, Statistics Canada requires these data to produce accurate population counts, as well as produce other valuable demographic information on the federal, provincial and territorial populations residing in correctional facilities. In the past, these data were collected through in-person enumeration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to reduce face-to-face contact to mitigate public health risks, in-person enumeration is not possible in 2021. In lieu of enumeration, administrative data from each correctional service program in Canada will be used.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Correctional service programs have developed comprehensive information systems on their inmate populations and are the only data source in Canada with the detailed administrative data required for the Census.

When will this information be requested?

This information will be requested for Census day, which is May 11, 2021.

When was this request published?

February 23, 2021

Crimes and offences

Police calls for service to inform opioid related overdoses

What information is being requested?

The data being requested pertain to police services in the region of Simcoe-Muskoka, Ontario for service relating to opioid overdoses.

The data are being requested to identify police attended overdoses and to examine the history of police contacts with groups of individuals, including minors, who experienced an opioid overdose.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request contains personal information such as first name, last name, aliases, sex, birthdate, civic address, postal code, and telephone numbers; as well as information related to the suspected overdose incident including whether the individual was criminally charged, and the history of police contacts of the individual.

Personal identifiers including first and last name, aliases, sex, birthdate, address information, and telephone numbers are required to perform data linkages, for statistical purposes only. Once the data are linked the personal identifiers will be replaced by an anonymized person key.

For more information, see the supplement to Statistics Canada's Generic Privacy Impact Assessment for this request.

Narcotics, Substance Use, and Community Well-Being Initiative

What years of data will be requested?

January 2015 to June 2019

From whom will the information be requested?

Provincial and municipal police services in the region of Simcoe-Muskoka, Ontario

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada is responding to the needs of federal, provincial and municipal stakeholders, such as the Simcoe-Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) group, who have asked for help in understanding the primary risk factors of the population most at-risk of a drug overdose. The information requested will be used to generate statistics to meet these data needs.

These statistics will help inform the categorization of the opioid crisis in this Ontario community and to add to the body of knowledge surrounding the social determinants of the opioid crisis. The resulting non-confidential statistics may be used by the police in efforts to fully understand the roots of the opioid crisis, the primary risk factors, and those who may be most at risk of opioid overdose, in order to identify and act on opportunities for intervention.

Statistics Canada will use this information for statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

These types of organizations collect and maintain up-to-date data on police calls for service.

When will this information be requested?

July 2020, with the inclusion of data from Rama Police Service being requested in January 2021

When was this request published?

December 22, 2020

Summary of Changes

December 2020 – Rama Police Service is being added as a participant in the study. There is no change to the information being requested.

Police Calls for Service Related to Drug Overdoses

What information is being requested?

In response to the Edmonton Police Service's request to partner with Statistics Canada on their Psychoactive Substances and Community Safety Initiative, Statistics Canada is requesting information on police-attended overdoses and the history of contact police have had with groups of individuals, including minors, who have experienced a drug overdose.

The data being requested pertain to police services in the City of Edmonton, Alberta, for services relating to drug overdoses.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request contains personal information about the individual who experienced the overdose. Information such as first name, last name, aliases, sex, birthdate, civic address, postal code, and telephone numbers; as well as information related to the suspected overdose incident, including whether the individual was criminally charged, and the history of police contacts with the individual. Personal identifiers of the individual who experienced the overdose―including first and last name, aliases, sex, birthdate, address information, and telephone numbers―are required. This information is being requested to perform data linkages for statistical purposes only. Once the data are linked, the personal identifiers will be replaced by an anonymized-person key, meaning individuals will be unidentifiable post linkage.

For more information, see the supplement to Statistics Canada's Generic Privacy Impact Assessment for this request.

Narcotics, Substance Use, and Community Well-Being Initiative

What years of data will be requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting data from January, 2011 to June, 2020.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from the local police service in Edmonton, Alberta.

Why is this information being requested?

The Edmonton Police Service, in partnership with the Edmonton Psychoactive Substance Use Steering Committee, has asked Statistics Canada to assist in a collaborative project that will contribute to understanding the primary characteristics of the population most at risk of a drug overdose. This project will also inform federal, provincial and municipal stakeholders in their policy development pertaining to overdoses in Canada. The information requested will be used to generate statistics to meet these data needs.

These statistics will inform the categorization of the drug overdose crisis in Edmonton, Alberta and add to the knowledge surrounding the social determinants of the crisis. The resulting non-confidential statistics will be used by the police in an effort to fully understand the roots of the overdose crisis, the primary risk factors, and to identify those who may be most at risk of a drug overdose. This initiative will help policy and decision makers to identify, plan and act on opportunities for intervention.

This information will be used for statistical and research purposes only.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

This information is being requested from the local police service in the City of Edmonton, Alberta in response to a request for Statistics Canada to partner on this project.

When will this information be requested?

February 2021.

When was this request published?

February 5, 2021

Update to the National Fire Information Database, British Columbia

What information is being requested?

The National Fire Information Database (NFID) was developed by Statistics Canada in 2017. It contains data related to characteristics of fire incidents and victims (i.e., injuries and deaths resulting from fires), with seven jurisdictions having provided ten years of data (2005 to 2014). These seven jurisdictions include: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and the Canadian Armed Forces.

At this time, Statistics Canada is requesting updated data from the province of British Columbia for the 2015 to 2020 period. A geo-spatial tool using these data will be developed which will support the capacity for fire services to identify and target communities that would most benefit from fire prevention treatments.

What personal information is included in this request?

The requested information includes personal identifiers, such as first name, last name, business name, sex, age, address information, and telephone numbers.

Personal identifiers are required to perform data linkages for statistical purposes only. Access to this information is strictly and securely limited to a small number of individuals, on a need-to-know basis. Once the data are linked, the personal identifiers will be replaced by an anonymized person key, meaning individuals will be unidentifiable post-linkage.

What years of data will be requested?

Data from January 2015 to December 2020 are being requested.

From whom will the information be requested?

These data are being requested from the Office of the Fire Commissioner, British Columbia.

Why is this information being requested?

The pilot NFID has been used by Fire Marshals, Fire Commissioners, Chief Fire Officers and academic researchers to gain a greater understanding of the nature and extent of fire incidents across the country. Through the development of a geo-spatial tool using the NFID, Statistics Canada supports the capacity for fire services to identify and target communities that would most benefit from fire prevention treatments in order to not only prevent fires, but also to prevent injuries and deaths occurring as a result of fires. Statistics Canada is requesting this information in order to respond to these data needs.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

The Office of the Fire Commissioner, British Columbia collects and maintains up-to-date data on fire incidents where fire services responded.

When will this information be requested?

April 2021

When was this request published?

April 21, 2021

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