The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada.

The CID was developed by the Government of Canada’s Rural Secretariat in collaboration with the provinces and territories, other government departments, and community groups.

The CID provides:

  • Access to over 500 pieces of data about your community or region, including:
    population, education, income, employment, families, and much more
  • An interactive map for displaying and accessing data
  • A tool for you to learn more about rural Canada

Click on the following links to know more about specific topics such as frequently asked
questions, CID geography, indicators, definitions, and data sources.

Frequently Asked Questions
Provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to the
Community Information Database.

CID Geography
Provides a description of the levels of geography for which data are available on the
Community Information Database.

The CID contains over 500 social, demographic, and economic indicators, including
population, income, employment, housing and many others.

Useful Definitions
Provides a variety of useful definitions, including the definition of rural and urban used in
the Community Information Database as well as indicator definitions.

A description of the data sources used in the Community Information Database.




Go to Data

Rural Fact

12% of rural Canadians have a university certificate, diploma, or degree compared to 25% of urban Canadians.