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Inventory of Urban Health Related Data covering the Greater Toronto Area

Data Inventory Home ~ Display by Data Location ~ Display by Topic

Instruction for First-Time Users


There is a vast array of urban health related data available for the Greater Toronto Area, however, it can be difficult to locate and/or access. CUHI’s Data Inventory Project was conceived in response to this apparent challenge; it is an ongoing project to find and summarize relevant data sets for your research projects.  We hope that the inventory will serve your research by achieving three primary goals:

  • Raising awareness of potentially available data sets
  • Promoting data sharing through collaborative efforts (where possible)
  • Providing you with the information necessary to access the data

To this end, potentially useful urban health related data sets have been recorded in the inventory for your reference.  Please take a moment to read through the inventory search options (below) before beginning.  *There is also a section on using data in a GIS which may interest you (Learn more about GIS).

Inventory Search Options

You have three search options. You may search the inventory according to: data location, topic, or research interest group (RIG). 

Data Location Based Display

The location based search lists locations (libraries, departments, partnerships, etc.) where data sets have been found.  The location names are linked to their websites (where available).  Click on a location name to visit its website.  You will be required to search websites independently for their listings of available data sets.  Brief instructions for navigating the sites are given when data sets may be particularly difficult to find. 

Display by Data Location 

Data Topic Based Display

This search option allows you to find data sets categorized according to urban health topic.  There are four broad urban health topics (health, physical environment, social environment, and other), each are divided into sub-topics.  An organizational chart presents these topics and sub-topics, as a visual aid.

Data sets are filed under the appropriate sub-topics. To access them, click on the respective broad topic in the organizational chart. This action will transfer you to the appropriate HTML pages. 

The following summary information is given for each data set:

  • Identifier: May be either a title or a theme.  Titles of data sets are given where possible.  Themes (eg. Ethnicity) are given, in lieu of titles, to identify a group of data sets at a common location.  Click on the identifier (either title or topic) for a more detailed description of the data.
  • Location: Where the data were found while researching for the inventory (Library/Centre/Department, Partnership etc.).  Click on a location to go to its website homepage, where available.
  • Contact (Name and E-mail): Consult these people with any questions not addressed in the inventory or for more information about their data holdings.
  • Conditions of Use:  States any conditions/restrictions imposed on using the data.  These may not be exhaustive; consult the specific data contact for exceptions/additional restrictions.
  • F.Y.I.:  Offers any additional, potentially helpful information that might be of interest to you… “for your information”.

Display by Topic