Community Data Program - Toronto Consortium

The Community Data Program is an initiative that provides a rich source of data about communities across Canada.

What is the Community Data Program?

The Community Data Program (CDP) is a gateway for municipalities and community sector agencies to access customized data from Statistics Canada and other providers at reduced costs, to monitor and report on social and economic trends within their communities. The CDP is made up of a national network of 30 community data consortia. Members include more than 50 municipalities and 1000+ users, including local police services, social planning councils, health and family service agencies, school boards United Ways and other organizations working on the ground for social development.

The three goals of the Community Data Program are:

  1. to purchase and facilitate access to social data at the smallest geographies possible
  2. to train organizations to access community data and use it for better decision making
  3. to network, communicate, and disseminate the results as widely as possible

Who administers the program?

The Community Data Program is led by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD). CCSD is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. The CDP has enabled the CCSD to negotiate with Statistics Canada and other data providers for the preparation and lower-cost purchase of a wide variety of data that is geographically specific for planning local programs and services. Each consortium administers its own program locally - in this case, the City of Toronto's Social Development Finance & Administration Division is the lead for the Toronto Consortium.

Who may join?

Government and non-government agencies may join the CDP. There are some restrictions in joining: you must be either a local government agency, or a non-government not-for-profit organization with a local focus. Organizations with a national or provincial mandate are not eligible to join. If your organization is based outside of the City of Toronto, please refer to the list of Consortia that may be in your local community.    

If your agency is in Toronto and wishes to join, please contact the City's Social Development Finance & Administration Division, Social Research & Analysis Unit. 

Toronto CDP Contacts:

Heath Priston, Planning Analyst,
Social Development Finance & Administration Division
Social Research & Analysis Unit


Harvey Low, Manager,
Social Development Finance & Administration Division
Social Research & Analysis Unit

What data is available through the CDP?

All data are available for download from the national CDP website. The data catalogue is open for all to browse, but only registered users may download the data. The catalogue can be accessed at: There, you have the option of searching the catalogue by data group or provider, or you can scroll down to investigate data holdings organized by theme.

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