Using Data from Stats Can: Free webinars in the Patrick Power Library


“Are families living in major metropolitan areas wealthier? To what extent do families living in cities with higher housing prices carry more debt? Do millennials carry more debt than previous generations of young Canadians?”

These questions (and others like them) can be answered with data from Statistics Canada, which offers a wealth of free data and analysis tools that you can use to make informed business and research decisions.

The trick is in knowing what they are and how to use them. The Patrick Power Library is screening four webinars by StatsCan over the coming weeks in the Library Classroom (LI135).

The first, held Wednesday May 29 at 2pm, demonstrated the new Consumer Price Index (CPI) Data Visualization Tool, which you can find at

Next Tuesday, June 4, learn about the Business Register - its history, how it is maintained and how it is used by internal and external users.

On Wednesday, June 5, join us for a “Spotlight on Debt and Wealth for Canadian families”, which will examine differences in indebtedness and wealth among higher and lower income families across Canada from 1999 to 2016.

This webinar will use data to look at questions like: Are Canadian seniors more likely to carry mortgage and consumer debt than before? How much more debt are they carrying? How have wealth and debt evolved among immigrant families? And how does this differ from Canadian-born families? 

Finally, on Thursday June 13, we’ll watch “A Portrait of Canadian Youth”, which creates “a comprehensive statistical picture of Canada's youth based on a broad range of information from across Statistics Canada.” The goal is to use data to “illustrate the advantages, as well as the pressures and challenges, that today's youth are facing relative to other generations”.

All faculty, students, and community members are invited to come, listen, learn and discuss. You can find out more about these webinars, or sign up to watch them individually at