Key Publications


Canada Year Book (CYB) 1867 to present

Presented in almanac style, the Canada Year Book has tables, charts and analytical articles on every major area of Statistics Canada's expertise. The Canada Year Book is the premier reference on the social and economic life of Canada and its citizens.

Historical Statistics of Canada, Second Edition

The second edition of Historical statistics of Canada was jointly produced by the Social Science Federation of Canada and Statistics Canada in 1983. It contains over 1000 statistical tables and documentation on the social, economic and institutional conditions of Canada from the start of Confederation in 1867 to the mid-1970s.

Census of Canada - 1608 to present

Census tables are available in print format until 2006. After that, Census statistics were only released online.

Pre-Confederation Census Data

Multiple years of pre-confederation Census statistics can be found conveniently in these sources:

  • Censuses of Canada, 1665 - 1871
  • 1871 Census, volume 4: tables for years 1665 - 1871
    CA1 BSC X1.C04 1871 Documents (Reference)
  • 1871 Census, volume 5: tables for years 1608 - 1876
    CA1 BSC X1.C05 1871 Documents
  • CA1 BSC 31C01 1931 Documents (Reference)
    1931 Census, volume 1: tables for years 1605 - 1931; also contains a guide to early census information.
    "Chronological summary of population growth in Canada, with sources of information, 1605-1931", p.133-153
    "Tabular statement of census and pre-censal records of Canada prior to 1931", p.1473-1511.

Census Reference Materials

Reference materials include the Census Dictionary, Reference Guides for topics, and Techincal Reports.

Historical Catalogue of Statistics Canada Publications, 1918-1980 (11-512)

Statistics Canada Catalogue, 1994 (11-204)

The 1994 index was the last 'good' analytical index before the catalogue went online. It beats the lame 1997 index (which listed catalogue numbers beside index terms but provided no hint as to what each publication was about). The 1994 index is useful for the 15 or so years not indexed by the Historical Catalogue (1980 to 1994). Then a little thing called the 'web' came along… and the lame 1997 index was the last hurrah for Statistics Canada print indexing. [AD]

United States

Statistical Abstract of the United States (1878 to present)

Statistical tables on a vast array of topics.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times 1789 - 1970

This is an extremely convenient tool for researchers who need older US data. An online version (zipped, PDF files) is available.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present

This 5-volume update of the 1789-1970 edition adds 30 years of data (to 2000) and additional historical content.

In the print set, broad topics include:

  • Population (volume 1)
  • Work and welfare (volume 2)
  • Economic structure and performance (volume 3)
  • Economic sectors (volume 4)
  • Governance and international relations (volume 5)

Bernan Press - U.S. DataBook Series

  • Business statistics of the United States
    US7 BER1 B77 Documents (compact shelving) (non-circulating)
  • Housing Statistics of the United States
    US7 BER1 H57 Documents (compact shelving) (non-circulating)
  • Education Statistics of the United States
    US7 BER E27 Documents (compact shelving) (non-circulating)
  • Vital statistics of the United States: Births, life expectancy, deaths and selected health data
    US7 BER1 V37 Documents (compact shelving) (non-circulating)
  • Handbook of US Labor Statistics
    US7 BER1 L11 Documents (compact shelving) (non-circulating)

United Kingdom

Abstract of British Historical Statistics

Most series begin in the 18th or 19th centuries.

Annual Abstract of Statistics - 1840 to Present


Index to International Statistics

Abstract and index volumes from 1983 to present. Detailed, analytical indexing of a myriad of international statistics sources - an excellent starting point.

Index to Historical Statistics - 1750-2000

International Monetary Fund

United Nations

World Bank

Worldwatch Institute

  • Vital Signs: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future State of the World
    US6 WW V37 Documents (compact shelving)

Asian Development Bank

OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

OECD monographs, serials and statistics are available through Source OECD.

Global Competitiveness Report

Statistical Yearbooks

  • Country statistical yearbooks
    University of Wisconsin's research guide to country statistical yearbooks or similar collections.
  • Yearbooks are available in print for various countries

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