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Research Data

Data can generally be used to:

  • test hypotheses
  • generate custom tables
  • look at responses of individuals
  • analyze in SPSS, SAS, or Stata
  • do cross tabulations, t-test, ANOVA, etc

Note: Data files are commonly subject to restricted use under the terms of the licensing agreements signed by the Library. In many cases, use is limited to members of the university community and for research and academic purposes only.

Resources include:


This service from Scholars Portal provides access to Statistics Canada datasets, datafiles from Gallup Canada and other polling companies, public-domain files such as the Canadian National Election Surveys, and selected files from ICPSR. Features the online analysis tool Nesstar. TMU faculty, staff and students only.

Canadian Census Analyser @ CHASS

1971 – 2011 Census microdata for individuals and families for the Provinces and Census Metropolitan Areas. TMU faculty, staff and students only.


Includes various microdata sets such as Statistics Canada surveys, the CIHI Discharge Abstract Database files and other international surveys. Features the online SDA statistical analysis tool. TMU faculty, staff, and students only.


ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) has approximately 10,000 files of US and international (including some Canadian) quantitative research data files. TMU faculty, staff and students only.

Note: A new user to ICPSR must create an account using any on-campus computer workstation to gain off-campus access.

Pew Research Center

Data about issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It contains public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Public access.

Gender & Work Database

The Gender & Work Database uses Statistics Canada data about precarious employment, health care, unions, migration, unpaid work, and technology. Additionally, the Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database (CPD) provides cross-national data on precarious employment. For research purposes only and access application is required.

Metropolis Data

Included microdata from Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada/Statistics Canada. *Please note that the Metropolis data files are no longer available. Requests for specific variables must be made directly to CIC.

Research Data Centre Program (Statistics Canada)

Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centres (RDCs) are part of a national university initiative to allow access to Statistics Canada master files with a view to strengthen social research capacity and support social and economic policy analysis in Canada.

*The closest RDC to Toronto Metropolitan University is located in the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. The Toronto RDC provides researchers secure access to detailed Statistics Canada data. Please see their website for the application process.