Data available

Population Data BC (PopData) manages 21 data sets from two federal and 6 provincial sources. These data are linkable to each other, and to other externally-managed data sets (including researcher-collected data), where approved by the data provider. Spatial data may also be used in conjunction with data sets managed by Population Data BC.

How to cite data sources

Using the citation standards established by DataCite, there are a number of mandatory and optional elements that are to be included in your citation.

With these elements in place, the generic citation format would appear as follows:

Creator[creator](PublicationYear): Title. Version. Publisher[publisher]. ResourceType. Approver(Year). Identifier

To aid you in developing your data citations, you will find a Table below outlining each element, followed by specific citation examples for each data source.


Model code for the protection of personal information

The principles outlined in this statement are based on the Canadian Standards Association’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information CAN/CSA-Q830-96 (the “CSA Code”), which was recognised as a national standard in 1996.  The code addresses the ways in which organisations collect, use, and disclose Personal Information.  It also addresses the rights of individuals to have access to their Personal Information and to have it corrected if necessary.

The CSA Code’s ten principles are:

Frequently asked questions

What kind of data do you hold?

Population Data BC holds secondary data primarily for research purposes. Data comes from sources such as the Ministry of Health, the Vital Statistics Agency and WorkSafeBC. Additional data sources are continually being added. In order to facilitate the greatest flexibility in terms of linkage and research questions, this data is typically at the most granular level possible, which is often individual level.

Privacy Impact Assessment

Population Data BC is committed to upholding the security and privacy of the data we hold. We regularly evaluate our information security practices in an effort to address concerns and ensure privacy and security of the information we hold. It is important to note that the data providers maintain control of their data and Population Data BC makes no decisions as to whom can access these data under section 35 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, or as a Service Provider pursuant to the relevant service agreement.

Principles and policies for the protection of personal information

The Canadian Standards Association’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information CAN/CSA-Q830-96 (the “CSA Code”) as adapted for Population Data BC, offers a principled approach to the detailed requirements found in BC FIPPA.  This code is Schedule 1 to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and may be found here on this website.

Legislative framework

Defining personal information

Population Data BC (PopData) has developed and implemented policies and procedures reflecting the B.C. legislative requirements concerning collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information.

Schedule 1 of British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) defines “Personal Information” as “recorded information about an identifiable individual”, including:

Overview of privacy policies and procedures

Population Data BC (PopData) is a pan-provincial, multi-institutional platform whose mission is to foster insights into human health, well-being, and development by advancing research through data and education. PopData has a physical presence at Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of Victoria (UVic), and University of British Columbia (UBC). Its UBC site holds individual-level Personal Information from provincial ministries and other public bodies. PopData does not have its own research agenda.