Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 13, 2009 12:44 ET

The Government of Canada Creates Better Access to Community Information

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) - It's now even easier for Canadians to get information on their community. In an effort to support regional development, the Government of Canada has updated and improved its popular Community Information Database (CID). This is good news, whether you're a researcher looking for population statistics, a farmer looking for a reliable market base, or other economic development officers leading strategic planning sessions in resource-reliant areas.

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), launched an enhanced Community Information Database today in Quebec City during the international OECD Rural conference aimed at rural development.

"This is the perfect time and place to talk about the CID. This on-line tool provides an in-depth look at what our communities have in terms of regional assets and how diverse they are economically, socially and culturally. This reliable, innovative tool can be used by students, universities, community groups, private or non-profit organizations, government policy makers, businesses, academics or anyone wanting to learn more about their community in an effort to making a difference in rural Canada," said Minister Blackburn.

The CID is available free, online at In its ongoing effort to provide a statistical overview of Canadian communities as efficiently as possible, the CID has undergone an e-renovation of sorts, making it even easier to use and more accessible to Canadians.

1996, 2001 and 2006 Census data is available in the CID, providing a wide range of information, such as population, age, income, employment rate, education, immigration and citizenship, language, resource reliance, health, crime, and much more!

The site includes more than 700 indicators about individual communities, regions or provinces and has features to: create and download maps, tables, and charts; compare similar-sized communities; research and analyse population changes; and create community profiles. The site has an on-line forum to share CID experiences, and a step-by-step guide on the site will help users get the most out of the CID.

The CID was developed by Canada's Rural Partnership in collaboration with provincial, territorial and community partners. It is part of the Government of Canada's ongoing support to rural and remote communities.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
    Sophie Doucet
    Press Secretary