About the CDP
The Community Data Program (CDP) is a membership-based community development initiative open to any Canadian public, non-profit or community sector organization with a local service delivery or public policy mandate. Created by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) in the mid-1990s to track poverty at the local level, the CDP now offers data products, analytical tools, and services that are unique in Canada and exclusive to CDP members.
The program facilitates access to the evidence needed to tell our stories and inform effective and responsive policy and program design and implementation. Through the CDP, the CCSD enables social development that tackles the pressing challenges of our time in communities across the country.
The CDP makes data accessible and useful for all members with training and capacity building resources. Through its vibrant network, the CDP facilitates and supports dialogue and the sharing of best practices in the use of community data. The CDP has emerged as a unique Canada-wide platform for generating information, convening and collaborating.
About the CCSD
The Community Data Program is led by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD). CCSD is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 1920. CCSD’s mission is to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities. CCSD does this through research, consultation, public education and advocacy. Its main product is information. Its sources of funding include research contracts, the sale of publications and memberships, and donations.
The CDP Team
To find out more about the program or get assistance accessing data, please contact our team. The Community Data Program Team is here to help you take advantage of the data and connections available through the program. We're always happy to lend a hand.