Governments at all levels can be great sources of useful data and analysis, and in most cases they provide the information you need for free. We've provided a brief list of some key sites below to give you a sense of the sorts of sites that we use regularly.
- Bank of Canada - Statistics & Publications
- British Columbia Government
Links to ministries, publications, agencies, and more. Samples: Ministry of Finance & BC Stats
- Canada Border Services Agency - Import & Export
- Canada Revenue Agency - Income statistics & GST/HST statistics
- Finance Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Research and business intelligence
- Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions - Financial Data
- Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Budgetary documents, including federal government estimates, reports, and policies.
- GPO - Catalogue of US Government Publications
A well-organized list of U.S. government sites by topic
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Key source for US economic and occupational information.
- US Census Bureau
Get current industrial and demographic reports, economic census data, foreign trade analysis, and much more
- US Department of Commerce
A good starting place for information about US government business policies and programs as well as links to related agencies. Also see their Bureau of Economic Analysis.
- US Department of the Treasury
- International Labour Organization
- International Monetary Fund
- OECD (SFU researchers also have access to many OECD publications via OECD iLibrary)
- Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
- United Nations (also look for data from many UN and affiliated agencies via UNSTATS)
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization