Copyright at the University Library: Statistics & Data from Statistics Canada

Third Party Materials

Some of the materials and graphical elements found on Government of Canada websites are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. This is particularly true of sites that are jointly operated by a Government of Canada institution and an external organization as part of a collaborative arrangement. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

You must source third parties when reproducing their materials.

Copyright Issues when using Statistics / Data from Statistics Canada

Authors and researchers must give full credit for any Statistics Canada data, analysis and other content material used or referred to in their studies, articles, papers and other research works.

As of February 1, 2012, information published by Statistics Canada is automatically covered by the Open License with the exception of Statistics Canada's postal products and Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs).

This licence agreement allows you to use Statistics Canada information without restrictions on sharing and redistribution, for commercial and non-commercial purposes. You must always acknowledge Statistics Canada as the source of the information and adhere to the conditions of the Statistics Canada Open Licence.

By using the data, you are accepting all the terms and conditions of the Open Licence.

Aggregate Data (CANSIM / Census)

Aggregate data available through CANSIM and the Census website is Open Data and is governed by the terms of the Statistics Canada Open License Agreement.

Subject to this agreement, Statistics Canada grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to:

  • use, reproduce, publish, freely distribute, or sell the Information;
  • use, reproduce, publish, freely distribute, or sell Value-added Products; and,
  • sublicence any or all such rights, under terms consistent with this agreement.

Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs)

The use of PUMFs is governed by the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) signed by the University of Saskatchewan and Statistics Canada. The Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF / PCCF+) is subject to an additional license that users must sign in-person at the University Library.

DLI License

Under the terms of the license, Microdata files:

  • Shall be used for statistical and research purposes. The Microdata files shall not be used for any other purposes without the prior written consent of Statistics Canada.
  • Shall be used by University of Saskatchewan educators, students, and staff.  The Microdata file shall not be reproduced and transmitted to any outside person or organization.
  • Shall not be merged or linked with other databases for the purpose of attempting to identify an individual person, business, or organization.
  • Shall not be presented in a manner that gives the appearance that the user may have received, or had access to, information held by Statistics Canada about any identifiable person, business or organization.
  • Provided software shall not be disassembled, decompiled, or in any way reverse engineered.


In any publication of any information based on the Microdata files, researchers shall use the following form of accreditation:

"This analysis is based on the Statistics Canada (Name of database and/or microdata file) (Reference Year).  All computations, use and interpretation of these data are entirely that of (Name of Author(s) or Licensee).”


If you have any questions about the licensing process for Statistics Canada products, please contact:

Robert Alary


Email Statistics Canada Licensing Services


Stats Canada Copyright Notice

Stats Canada Open Licence Agreement

Citing StatCan

The 'How to Cite Statistics Canada Products' document describes how to build citations for all standard products offered by Statistics Canada.

Check for Examples of citations for different products.