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Political Science: Canadian Data Sources

CORA - the Canadian Opinion Research Archive
The Canadian Opinion Research Archive makes available commercial and independent surveys to the academic, research and journalistic communities. CORA contains hundreds of surveys collected by major commercial Canadian firms dating back to the 1970s. Surveys include: an Elections Canada survey of non-voters, surveys by the Canadian government on attitudes towards public policy, and surveys done for the Council for Canadian Unity. The last includes Portraits of Canada, an annual CIRC survey that tracks how attitudes of Canadians have evolved on a range of issues relating to the nature and well-being of the country and its citizens.

Canadian National Election Study Series
Canadian National Election Surveys for 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1984, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2008. Also includes links to the 1974-1979-1980 Quebec Referendum Panel Study and the 1992 Referendum Survey on the Charlottetown Accord.

Elections Canada Research
Reports on surveys of electors, data on turnout, party and election finance, surveys of candidates and election officials (under evaluation reports).

General Social Survey Canada, download from this site
The Canadian GSS is one of a number of Statistics Canada surveys of the Canadian public, and is conducted semi-annually. It contains a standard ‘core’ of demographic and attitudinal questions that are asked regularly, plus topics of special interest ranging from Time Use to Crime and Victimization. The Canadian GSS is a part of the International Social Survey Program, and comparable data is collected in over 40 other countries.

See a list of other Statistics Canada Surveys, download from this site
Statistics Canada has conducted a number of other surveys of the Canadian public that may be of interest.

Canadian Census Data
The Census of Canada is the best source for information on the population and demographics of Canada.

Project Canada
Begun in 1975, this survey was constructed to provide data on social issues, intergroup relations and religion in Canada. The project has taken representative samples of Canadians every five years, creating panel studies through which social change and stability can be monitored. Data for 1975 - 1995 is available from the American Religion Data Archive; more current data will be made available through the researcher's site at some point. The ARDA also houses the 1996 God and Society in North America survey.