Government Information/Statistics/Maps

Government Information

Electronic Collections

  • Government of Canada E-Collection provides access to the Canadian government's electronic library.
  • Library and Archives Canada includes Canadian websites, books, and periodicals published by both the commercial publishing sector and the government publishing sector.
  • Statistics Canada Historical Publications (Scholars Portal Books) consists of over 90,000 digitized issues from Statistics Canada titles from the 19th to the early 21st century that were originally published in print, including the Canada Year Book, The Daily, Canadian Social Trends, and the Consumer Price Index. These publications were originally distributed in print as part of the Depository Services Program.
  • Early Canadiana Online is a multilingual resource providing access to primary source documents relating to Canada's heritage from the period of the first European settlers to the early 20th Century in a series of themed collections.
  • Internet Archive is a Canadian Government Publications Portal. 

Parliament and Justice



City of North Bay




Primary Government Websites

Statistics and Data

Canadian Statistics and Data

Statistics Canada

Government Departments and Agencies


  • <ODESIRestricted Access - Nipissing is a web based data exploration, extraction and analysis tool. It includes Statistics Canada's Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF's), available to Nipissing through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). It also includes aggregate datasets, and polling data.
  • Nesstar (Statistics Canada DLI) Statistics Canada removed Nesstar from their website in early 2022.  Please see the website for more information.

U.S. and International Statistics

  • CIA World Factbook is the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's database of statistics, information, and maps for all nations of the world.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Restricted Access - Nipissing provides country, industry and management analysis.
  • Eurostat provides statistics of the European Union member countries.
  • U.S. Government Data and Statistics is a gateway to statistics from U.S. Federal departments and agencies.
  • OECD StatExtracts includes data and metadata for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries and selected non-member countries.
  • Penn World Tables version 9.0 is a database with information on relative levels of income, output, input and productivity, covering 182 countries between 1950 and 2014.
  • Statistical Yearbook of the League of Nations is a historical collection of international statistics for 1913 - 1944.
  • UNdata is a data access system to UN databases.
  • World Bank Open Data source for open access global development data from officially-recognized international sources.


In the academic world, statistics and data are very different.

Statistics are processed numbers that provide meaningful information. Statistics are generally "ready to use" for papers, assignments, presentations, etc.  An example is the average income of Canadians in each of the provinces and territories in 2015.

Data, (often called microdata) is the raw information that is processed and analyzed to produce statistics. An example is the individual responses that were collected when conducting Canada's census in 2016.

The middle column of this page provides access to statistics, followed by data. Most of our Canadian statistics and data are from Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada offers two types of raw microdata. Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF's), available via ODESI, are edited, anonymized microdata files. The more detailed microdata master files are only available through the Research Data Centre (RDC).

For a more comprehensive description, see Statistics: Power From Data!

IMPORTANT! - Proper citation is required when using these products for papers, publications, reports or presentations. Data sets with restricted access are licensed to current students, faculty and staff for non-commercial use only.


Data Services in the Library

The Library provides access to various Canadian research data. We are happy to assist in locating and downloading these data. At this time we are not able to provide assistance with analysis of any kind, nor do we provide support for statistical software. Due to licensing arrangements with data suppliers some data products are restricted to Nipissing students, faculty and staff.

It is recommended that you book a consultation ahead of time through the Service Desk at or 705-474-3450 ext 4221

Maps and Geospatial Data

Geospatial Data

  • Scholars GeoPortal Restricted Access - Nipissing provides access to a growing selection of geospatial datasets currently available to Ontario universities.
    The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources offers many layers of open data via direct download. Please see library staff to access restricted layers.
  • Ontario GeoHub - authoritative geospatial data for Ontario from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
  • GeoGratis

This page provides access to geospatial data for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Harris Learning Library has one GIS workstation running ESRI’s ArcGIS 10, licensed for use  by Nipissing students, faculty and staff. Please see library staff for more information.

IMPORTANT! - Proper citation is required when using these products for papers, publications, reports or presentations. Data sets with restricted access are licensed to current students, faculty and staff for non-commercial use only.

Online Maps

Citation Guides