Spatial data sets

Spatial data can be used in conjunction with data sets managed by Population Data BC.

Spatial data is data with location information that can be linked to places in geographic space and visualized as a map or used in spatial analysis. Spatial characteristics apply to most population health related phenomena and these can be mapped and analyzed, using software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to investigate questions of concern to population health researchers.

More information on GIS, including a free online workshop in GIS and Epidemiology and a resource guide on mapping health data, can be found in the Education and Training section of this website.

Examples of publicly available spatial data include:

  • Geobase - a federal, provincial and territorial government initiative providing access to a common, up-to-date and maintained base of quality geospatial data for all of Canada.
  • Geodgratis - a portal provided by the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

Please note that there are special considerations to be taken into account when displaying spatial data and/or using maps to protect individual confidentiality.

DARs/Projects snapshot

Total number of DARs/Projects currently with PopData:


The breakdown:

DARs in preparation/review


Projects with amendments in preparation/review


DARs in post-approval


Projects with data being prepared


Projects being maintained
(inc. 9 DASH & 18 DI Program projects)


CaraSpace projects


Last revised February 8th, 2024

Need pan-Canadian data?

The Data Access Support Hub (DASH) is a one-stop data access service portal for researchers requiring multi-jurisdictional data in Canada.

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