Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

What is the DLI? "The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) is a partnership between post-secondary institutions and Statistics Canada for the purpose of improving access to data resources. Over the years the focus of the DLI program has evolved from purchasing access to major Canadian datasets collected by Statistics Canada to providing training services and the continuous support required for the proper understanding and usage of an ever expanding research collection. The products and services provided by the DLI continue to enable faculty and students to use real Canadian data in their studies and research. DLI Contacts from member institutions are part of a professional network that enables them to support research and teaching at their institution. DLI contacts at member institutions are themselves supported through regular training within a community of data librarians and a Statistics Canada reference service resource." (From the vendor's DLI Survival Guide, "Section 1: About the DLI.")

What Content is in the DLI Collection? "The DLI Collection is composed primarily of standard products produced by Statistics Canada. These products include Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF), cd-rom products, spreadsheets and databases. The DLI also provides access to a special collection of data products, including sample files from the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), Postal CodeOM data products, and the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M)." (From the vendor's DLI Survival Guide, "Section 7: Accessing and Citing DLI Data.") For a list of products available on the internet, see the vendor's All DLI Products index.

For more information, please see these resources from the vendor:

DLI Survival Guide

DLI Website


Different datasets in the DLI Collection are available on different platforms, through different access methods, and under different terms and conditions of access and use. For details, please see "Accessing DLI Data" in Section 7 of the DLI Survival Guide.

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MARC Records

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Usage Stats


The vendor does not make usage statistics available.