The 2016 CensusPlus database includes approximately 850 popular variables, based on data collected by Statistics Canada during the 2016 Census. This database is enhanced by our modellers to fill in missing values where data are suppressed by Statistics Canada and to correct for random rounding, while maintaining a close relationship to the original census. This work ensures that there are no missing values in CensusPlus and the variables add up within thematic categories and across all levels of geography. CensusPlus offers a snapshot of Canadians in 2016; it does not include any projections.
CensusPlus is a core input into our DemoStats product and while CensusPlus may not be licensed by your organization, it is important to understand how these elements work together in order to produce DemoStats.
The DemoStats database consists of current-year estimates for more than 750 variables and includes demographic projections for approximately 500 of them for three, five, and 10 years into the future. This proprietary database is created using innovative methods that combine econometric, demographic, and geographic models. As a result of our comprehensive methodology, DemoStats variables are available at the postal code level for current-year estimates and at the dissemination area level for future-year projections. The database also provides historical estimates from five years ago, based on the same methodologies to ensure accurate trend analysis.
Below you will find a short video that covers product details, sources, methodology, applications and key questions about DemoStats and CensusPlus. Watching this video will provide you with an overview of these products and give you some ideas for how it can be used in your own work.
Following the video, there are some additional resources linked for your reference: release notes, variable list, metadata, and technical document.
Within our DemoStats product, we provide DemoStats current year, as well as DemoStats Trends which provides a 5-year look-back, and 3-, 5-, and 10-year projections into the future.