Data school 2021, data resources
One of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has been where to turn for data (there are so many sources), the completeness of data and inconsistencies between data sources on how and when data is collected. This reflects the massiveness of any effort to collect data across a large country, or around the world.
In Canada, different provincial governments have had different approaches to data dissemination. Some jurisdictions, such as Quebec, have released data aggregated statistics down to the neighbourhood level. In other provinces, such as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, data is only available at the level of health districts. Provinces also differ in how much they are releasing about individual cases. Ontario released more, including age group, gender and health district, while Nova Scotia releases nothing about individual cases. The reason for withholding data is often stated as protecting privacy, or protecting communities from stigmatization.
All that said, we’ve collecting various official sources of data and putting them on this page.
Centralized and national resources for Canada
This data is updated daily
If you want to dive really deeply into detailed, anonymous case data from across Canada, there is data available from Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. This requires the use of database software for analysis as the file is very large.
Stats Can has statistical summaries available, updated regularly. Go to https://www.statcan.gc.ca and search for “Detailed preliminary data on confirmed cases of COVID-19”
World Health Organization, statistical dashboard. Includes link to download day-by-day case data, by country.
COVID-19 data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (CDC). Click on “Access Datasets from Data.cdc.gov” for links to open data site with links to downloadable weekly statistics of cases and deaths and cumulative death counts by county.
Coronavirus statistics for India, including by state