National Action Plan on Open Government Commitment

C05.3.11 - Open Data for Results

Open Data for Results
Create a roadmap toward a more inclusive barrier-free Canada
C05.3.11 - First set of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals indicators available
Lead Organization:
Employment and Social Development Canada
By September 2023
Summit for Democracy:


Substantial progress
Evidence of progress:

• An environmental scan was conducted on UNCRPD and SDG indicators used across the world.
• Canadian data sources for indicators identified, methodological issues identified and addressed, and work on operationalizing the indicators is underway
• Preliminary indicators have been generated using raw data on “employment” and “income” themes using the Canadian Survey on Disability and the Canadian Income Survey. In addition to basic labour market indicators, new indicators regarding “job quality” have been generated from the PUMF for General Social Survey 2016 At Work and At Home.
• Preliminary work has been done to generate indicators for education, employment, and income of First Nations and Metis persons with disabilities using the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. Indicators for Inuit PWD are problematic due to data quality issues.
• Preliminary work has been done to generate indicators for caregiving and care receiving experiences of persons with disabilities (for example, PWD continue to have surprisingly high levels of providing care to others and greater negative impacts on their lives) using the recently released PUMF for the General Social Survey 2018 Caregiving and Care Receiving.


• Preliminary Excel files containing output for the above have been created, carefully documenting the SAS code used and methodology followed regarding variables constructed.


• There have been some data quality issues encountered with data from the 2017 APS for Inuit PWD. We will have to decide if any indicators for this Indigenous group can be released. We will also need to deliberate on whether data for all three Indigenous groups should be merged together.
• The primary challenge that we have faced and continue to face involves data access. While we have access to the CSD and CIS through our account for this project at the FRDC and we make use of the both PUMF and RTRA files, we currently have no options for access to the following three GSS files which are crucial to generating some key indicators:
o The General Social Survey 2017. Theme: “Families” (Note: there is currently no RTRA file for this cycle and the PUMF for this cycle does not contain the disability flag, DSQ. This means that neither RTRA nor PUMF can provide the data access we need.
o The General Social Survey 2019. Theme: “Canadian’s Safety” (Note: there are currently no RTRA or PUMF versions of this cycle)
o The General Social Survey 2020. Theme: “Social Identity” (Note: there are currently no RTRA or PUMF versions of this cycle)
• We have requested access to these three GSS cycles through the FRDC; however, we have been turned down by Statistics Canada due to our intention to limit our analysis to tabular analysis (i.e. not including complex analysis such as regression analysis). We do understand that either PUMF or RTRA versions of surveys can usually meet our needs, and we are using these formats for other cycles extensively. However, none of these three cycles have an RTRA version. Two of these also do not have a PUMF; and one has a PUMF that does not contain the disability flag. We continue to pursue access, but are concerned about more time passing without access. We have a meeting scheduled with Statistics Canada (GSS team) on September 26, 2022 to further discuss this issue.

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