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The main source of market research data in Canada is the Federal Government, and in particular Statistics Canada. Statistics Canada publishes the "whole range of statistics on the economic and social activities of the Canadian people" on a daily, weekly, quarterly, annual, or irregular basis. Statistics Canada also publishes the Census of Canada at five year intervals. At the Robertson Library, most Statistics Canada publications are located in the Government Documents area on the Main Level, and arranged by the Statistics Canada number. Exceptions include the Census publications, which are available at the end of the Statistics Canada section in the Government Documents area, and those publications which are available on CD-ROM or through the World Wide Web.
Through participation in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), the UPEI community has access to a number of databases, many of which will be useful for locating statistics and market data.
The following will also be useful as sources of statistical and market data:
Canada Year Book (former title: Statistical Year-Book of Canada) (1872-2011)
Compilation of basic statistics and news on the social and economic life of Canada. Canada Year Book is available online from 2007-2012. Canada Year Book Historical Collection, 1867-1967 is also available online. Publication has been discontinued as of April 2013.
REF: HA744.S81 2011; Stacks: HA744.S81 1905-2010
Canadian Economic Observer
A monthly summary of economic indicators and statistics with quarterly or monthly figures. Includes seasonally adjusted major indicators and charts, as well as articles on general economic conditions and special subjects. Articles from v. 16, no.1 (January 2003)-v. 25, no. 6 (June 2012) are available online, while selected articles 1998-2012 are available to the UPEI community through CBCA Complete. Publication discontinued June 2012.
Government Documents: CS11-010
CANSIM - Canadian Socio-Economic Information (via CHASS)
Statistics Canada’s socio-economic database containing over 70 million time series.
FP Markets: Canadian Demographics (former title: Canadian Markets)
Contains statistical profiles of municipalities across Canada, including demographic data, income figures, manufacturing activity, and media statistics. In addition, Buying Power Indices are provided as indicators of the relative strength of consumer markets across Canada.
REF: HC111.B82 2012
Historical Statistics of Canada
Provides text and historical tables showing Canada’s development from 1867 to 1975. The statistics are derived from many sources and include social, economic, and political time series covering 22 topics. This information is also available online.
REF: HA746.U7 1983
Industry Canada - Canadian Industry Statistics
"Canadian Industry Statistics analyses industry data on many economic indicators using the most recent data from Statistics Canada."
Industry Canada - Economic Analysis and Statistics
Contains research and analyses of Canadian industries, research, trade, and economy.
Part of the Government of P.E.I. Website; includes Census information, economic indicators, and demographic statistics.
Market Research Handbook
Annual compilation from Statistics Canada designed to be a comprehensive source of socio-economic statistics for all those who study the Canadian consumer market. Presented are profiles of key industries, as well as consumers in all provinces and 45 major cities. Also available on the Web from 2001-2005, 2006, and 2008. Discontinued after the 2008 edition.
REF: HC111.A19 2008
Prince Edward Island Statistical Review
Produced annually, this report by the Provincial Government provides comprehensive statistical data on the social and economic climate of Prince Edward Island. Latest edition also available online.
Special Collections HA747.P75P7
Prince Edward Island Statistics: Past and Present
Compilation of statistical information on the people, economy, and government of Prince Edward Island.
American Generations: Who They Are, How They Live, What They Think
Provides demographic information on the American marketplace.
REF: HC110.C6M545 1998
Datapedia of the United States 1790-2005: America Year by Year
Presents historical statistics of the United States in 23 selected areas from 1776-2000. In some areas, such as demography, where projections are possible, the data are extended to 2010. An ideal resource for historical statistics for the United States representing 23 difference subject areas between 1776-2000. For some topics projections are made until 2010. Also available as an e-book to the UPEI community. The 3rd edition (2004), Datapedia of the United States : American History in Numbers, is also available as an e-book to the UPEI community.
REF: HA202.K87 2001
A gateway to statistical information from more than 100 agencies in the U.S. federal government. Includes profiles at the state, county, and city level.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
Historical compendium of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
REF: HA202.B87 1975
Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present
Four volume set provides historical statistics on social, political, and economic aspects of the United States.
Population Reference Bureau
Provides data on a state and country basis for more than 250 social, economic, and demographic variables.
Statistical Abstract of the United States (1878-2004/2005)
The standard summary on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Selected data from 1878-2012 is also available on the Web. Ceased publication in 2011.
REF: HA202.A3 1998, 1999, 2004/5; Comp. St. HA202.A3 1878-1997
United States Census Bureau
The American counterpart to Statistics Canada.
United States Historical Census Data Browser
Statistics on the people and the economy of the United States from 1790-1960.
CIA World Fact Book
Provides facts and statistics on topics such as population, economy, and government for each country in the world. Maps and flags for each country are also included.
An up-to-date site for marketing information of various countries.
Demographic Yearbook (United Nations) (1948-2009/10)
A collection of international demographic statistics, covering approximately 229 countries or areas. Many of the annual volumes focus on a special topic, such as household composition, mortality, or international migration. Also available on the Web from 1948-2012.
Europa World Year Book (1967-2007)
Contains extensive essays on individual countries, as well as basic economic and trade data.
REF: JN1.E85 2007; Comp.St. REF. JN1.E85 1967-2003
globalEDGE International Business Reference Desk
An excellent metasite organizing and describing sites dealing with international business, including statistical data sources.
IMF Staff Country Reports in Full Text
Useful source of statistical information on lesser developed countries.
IMF World Economic Outlook Database
Provides access to analysis and projection of economic developments around the globe, including a macroeconomic data series with economic and financial tables available since 1999 through until 2014.
International Data Base (IDB)
Provides demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
International Historical Statistics: Europe 1750-2000
Contains major statistical information on the countries of Europe.
International Trade Canada
“The” site for those interested in international trade and market research in other countries. Information is presented from the Canadian point of view. Includes lists of Canadian personnel abroad, country information, and market research reports.
Library of Congress Country Studies
Information is given on the political, economic, and social conditions of 101 countries. “Notable omissions include Canada, France, The United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations.”
Offstats: Official Statistics on the Web (University of Auckland)
Listing of websites offering free and easily accessible social, economic, and general data for countries throughout the world.
Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Links to the statistical web pages of numerous countries.
Statistical Yearbook (UNESCO) (1964-1996)
Source of socio-economic data covering education, libraries, broadcasting, and the media. Selected tables are available on the UNESCO website.
Comp.St. REF: AZ361.U45
Statistical Yearbook (United Nations) (1948-2011)
A compilation of international statistics on social and economic conditions and activities in the world. Selected Social Indicators are available at the UN website.
World Development Indicators
The World Bank’s principal statistical survey of world development (including economic, social, and demographic data). The complete Country Data Tables, as well as selected tables on labour, education, the economy, and other topics, are available on the Web.
Created by: Betty Jeffery, B.A., M.L.S.
Former Instructional Services Coordinator
Date Created: 16-June-2000
Date Revised: 22-May-2013 by Cindy MacDonald, MLIS
Date Revised: 20-September-2014