Urban Studies information resources: Facts & data

The following are key sources for data and statistics relevant to Urban Studies research.

If you need help, please contact Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian at 778.782.5043 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) or nsmart@sfu.ca or Ask a librarian.


Visit the SFU Research Data Library for further tools in finding data for your research. For assistance, including booking an in-person consultation, please contact data-services@sfu.ca.

  • City of Vancouver Data Catalogue - open, downloadable data for city amenities and services: libraries, garbage collection, drinking fountains, and more!
  • DataBC - open data initiative from the provincial government, providing access to government's data holdings, as well as applications and web services



See also SFU Library guides Statistics - Canadian Census and  Which Census product should I use?



  • OECD iLibrary  online library for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, providing access to books,  papers and statistics
  • UNdata database for United Nations data and statistics
  • World Development Indicators  interactive database including data on world development indicators


Please visit the SFU GIS and Maps for further tools and assistance in finding maps/GIS information or contact  data-services@sfu.ca

  • Atlas of Canada  maps and tools available through National Resources Canada
  • FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool  "designed to help you view an area of land within the Province of British Columbia to determine basic information on how the land is currently being used"
  • Historical atlas of Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley [print]
  • Vancouver: a visual history [print and online]  a cartographic history of Vancouver, including "Vancouver’s first fourteen decades, beginning with a map of the 1850s depicting the land use, economy and settlement patterns of its first peoples, and ending with a map of the 1980s."
  • VanMap  a "web-based  application that lets you view data about Vancouver in map form."
  • Women in a Changing Vancouver Downtown Eastside - interactive thematic maps, video, text that demonstrate the spatial connections between women and downtown eastside Vancouver