About the Data

Government's programs and services span all aspects of life in B.C., such as education, health care, public safety, social services, the economy and the environment. By safely integrating and de-identifying data from these programs and services, government can gain new insights about population-level trends and complex issues, which can lead to better programs, policies and services for British Columbians.

Data available through the Data Innovation Program is always de-identified to protect privacy. This means identifiers such as names, driver’s licence numbers and personal health numbers are removed before the data can be used for population-level research. The data is only used for research projects in the public interest.

The Data Innovation program includes data sets about income and work, health, justice, children and families, education and social development.

Datasets currently available through the Data Innovation Program include:

  • Income and Work data:  Participation records for labour market programs across the province including the courses offered, who took them, when and demographic information.
  • Health data: Various data sets pertaining to MSP, PharmaCare, PharmaNet, Vital Statistics, Mental Health Services, hospital discharge and ambulatory care.
  • Justice data: Data pertaining to involvement with adult corrections (community and custody).
  • Education data: Records of K-12 and adult education data including enrolments, assessments, examinations, credentials and the Student Learning Survey.
  • Children and Family data: Data sets from programs, services and funding offered to families, children with special needs and children in care.
  • Social Services data: Data sets from programs, services and funding offered to individuals through income assistance programs. 

Read the Data Innovation Program metadata records in the BC Data Catalogue.