Data & Statistics

There are many different resources available for your data and statistics needs.  Determining whether you need a statistic or data may help guide you to the correct source.

A statistic is a fact(s) that is derived / interpreted from raw data.  As an example, 4 out of 5 dentists practicing in Ontario prefer BrandA toothpaste.  Data is the information gathered to create a statistic.  As an example, a list of all the dentists in Ontario with their preference of toothpaste brands.

Check out our finding data and statistics guide for more help.


Statistics resources include:

Canadian Statistics

International Statistics


The University of Guelph subscribes to the following resources that contain data.

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    Provides access to numeric and statistical data licensed to all Ontario Universities. Contains Canadian and some international data. Access includes data from Statistics Canada surveys and the Canadian Census.
  • Note that If you are seeking access to Statistics Canada detailed microdata or administrative data, please visit the University of Guelph Branch Research Data Centre (BRDC)
  • Datastream
    There is 1 terminal that can access this data, available in the DRC. Thomson-Reuters Datastream provides access to historical financial databases housing millions of time series data including, financial instruments, securities, commodity prices, and financial indicators.  
  • Bloomberg
    Bloomberg provides access to real-time financial market data such as price quotes, news, and analytics through a code-based information retrieval system. There are 3 Bloomberg terminals available in the Data Resource Centre - 2nd floor of the library. There are 8 Bloomberg terminals in Day Hall Room 101. This room has card swipe entry, all students required to use Bloomberg for a course will have access. If you don't have access - contact the main office of the Department of Economics and Finance, 7th floor of MacKinnon.

  • Databases
    The library has access to a large number of databases with data. These include Statista, Marketline Advantage, Infomart and the Wharton Research Data Services . Some require registering for an account.
    A-Z Databases: Datasets

Research Data Resources

Data generated by original research and experiments increases scientific validity, encourages re-use, and provides additional context to conclusions and hypotheses. The University encourages researchers to deposit their data in the following repositories:

Commonly accessed resources by topic

There are many sources of data and statistics beyond the University of Guelph’s holdings. 


Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

US Census of Agriculture

US Department of Agriculture



Canadian Climate Data

Climate Data Links

National Climate Data Center

US Geological Survey

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

World Meteorological Organization


Bank of Canada

SEDAR – Canadian Securities Administration

Toronto Stock Exchange

Federal Reserve Board

International Monetary Fund


CIHI – Canadian Institute for Health Information

Health Canada

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)


The Economist Intelligence Unit




Public Opinion

Canadian Opinion Research Archive

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy


Industry Canada – Trade Data Online (TDO)

Ontario Population and Demographics


Minnesota Population Centre – IPUMS

UK Data Archive

United Nations Statistical Databases


If you are having trouble finding the statistic or data you need, please book an appointment with us.