Open Data User Stories


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Open data is powering innovations all across the country. Used as a resource, data can be transformed from numbers and values to insight, making it easier for people to discover, learn, and make informed decisions. Explore the stories below to get a sense of how Canadians – from students, to business owners, to government departments – are using open data, what they are doing with it and its impact on communities.

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Canadians are using data for important things. Using the past to create the future, data is powering innovations in health, the environment, and safety. It is redefining communities, helping families make informed decision, and supporting hard working Canadians. You too can find a ways to connect to open data, to create, design, and move the future forward. Visit to get started.

About Open Data user stories

The open data products presented in the user stories are created by the public and have been developed, and are operated and owned by third parties. The Government of Canada does not endorse, approve, or certify these products or the developers, nor does it make any representation or warranty that the information based on which the products have been developed, including information licensed under the Open Government Licence, is accurate, complete, or correct. Your use of the open data products presented in these stories and the information contained therein, including information licensed under the Open Government Licence, is at your sole risk.

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A CBC/Radio Canada data journalist used open data from Environment Canada to show winter warming through snowfall trends and its impact to Canadians.
Townfolio uses open data to help businesses with market research and to identify new opportunities curated from economic development professionals.
Store Crossing uses open data to help businesses strategically host pop-up shops and provide the community with a greater chance to buy locally.
CBC/Radio-Canada data journalists used open data from Elections Canada to show that women are underrepresented in Canada’s biggest electoral parties.
Transport Canada used open data to develop a recall information app for the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
The Canada Energy Regulator uses open data to visualize federally-regulated pipeline locations and incidents, First Nations Reserves and Treaty lands.
The Canada Energy Regulator and Ingenium used open data to create visualizations and lesson plans for Canadian Grade 9 and 11 students.
A Master’s student is using open data to complete her thesis on applying Gender-Based Analysis + during environmental assessments.

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