Government Information/Statistics: Nursing

Government documents are useful in researching health topics, whether for statistical data or information on various subjects. At the Robertson Library, some government documents, print and electronic, are Catalogued; use the Library’s Catalogue to locate these. For those government documents which are not Catalogued, see Finding Government Information for sites which may be useful in identifying relevant documents.

The following Web resources are useful in finding information and statistics on health topics:

Health Canada
This site, the home page for the Canadian federal government department responsible for health, contains links to health care topics and organizations through an A-Z list. Includes reports like the Statistical Report on the Health of Canadians.

Health Trends
Presents comparable time-series data (from 2003 to 2011 – where available/applicable), for a range of health indicators, at the Canada, province and territory levels. Data have been extracted from a number of sources, including the latest Canadian Community Health Survey, Vital Statistics, and Canadian Cancer Registry.

Health Profile
Provides health region data from a number of sources including Statistics Canada's health surveys, administrative data, and the census of population.

Canadian Institute for Health Information
This independent, not-for-profit organization is funded by federal and provincial ministries of health. Its areas of interest include national health indicators, national health information standards, health databases and registries, analysis and participation in health research, and dissemination of health information, e.g., Regulated Nurses: Canadian Trends 2005-2009  contains information from CIHI Nursing Database data which covers the three regulated nursing professions in Canada: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).

Database of Online Health Statistics
This resource, produced by the Institute of Health Economics located in Alberta, provides access to freely available  health statistcs with a breakdown for Canada and the provinces, as well as, United States, and other countries.

Statistics Canada
In addition to the census information, this site contains statistics on the country’s population, resources, economy, society and culture. Example of publications include Health Reports, Health Profile (community level data), Health Trends and Canadian Social Trends.

Note: The Data Liberation Initiative provides UPEI students, faculty and staff access to numerous Statistics Canada public use microdata files, databases and geographic files for use in research and teaching.

Open Data Portal (Government Canada)

Community Information Database
" ...  a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada."

World Health Organization
Contents include health information and statistics for various countries, current health topics, the WHO Statistical Information System, and WHO publications, such as the World Health Report.

World Bank Open Data
Contains economic, social, population, and development data for over 200 countries. One of the broad topic areas is health.

National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
Maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site is a major source of health statistics for the United States.


Compiled by: Dawn Hooper, B.Sc., M.L.S.
Liaison Librarian for Nursing
Phone: (902) 566-0453
Date Created: 02-May-2004
Date Revised: 3-September-2015