SiteWise easily provides demographic profile reports for Canadian standard geographic or mapped study areas.Data includes most current census, estimates and projections, consumer spending, business profiles etc. Introductory video here.
Below are access points to Statistics Canada's and other government departments data offered on their sites or through CBU's DLI license. For further information on accessing data contact Laura Syms. When formatting your papers use "How to Cite Statistics Canada Products".
The Census Program Data Viewer (CPDV), is a new, web-based data visualization tool that will make statistical information more interpretable by presenting key indicators in a statistical dashboard. Find the places in Canada you are interested in; see them on a map, and get basic geographic and sociodemographic data for those places. Easy and Nice!
There is also Census Mapper. It includes several services based around census Canada data including easy interactive Canada-wide custom mappings across all census aggregation levels
Canadian Public Policy Collection of the CEL Library includes material from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, university research etc.
The on-line CED Toolbox of the Canadian CED Network holds 500 plus resources organized by theme and searchable by keyword . A nice first stop for research topics.