Data management and research

The B.C. government holds a vast amount of data. Government has the duty to protect and manage this data and ensure it is accurate, reliable and a valuable resource for research, analysis and decision making.

Data is collected, managed and used through government programs. BC Stats, DataBC, GeoBC and the new Data Innovation Program are examples of data programs that support all ministries. B.C. has adopted a model of good data governance: read the Data Custodianship Guidelines created by the BC Data Council.


DataBC encourages and enables the strategic management and sharing of data across the government enterprise and with the public. It is responsible for the BC Data Catalogue, the Open Data initiative and the B.C. Spatial Data Infrastructure and associated products and services.

BC Stats

BC Stats is the provincial government's leader in statistical and economic research, information and analysis. We can help you increase overall business performance by providing the information you need to make effective decisions.


GeoBC creates and manages geospatial information and products to help better manage natural resources in British Columbia. GeoBC also offers consultation services across all natural resource sector agencies.

Data Innovation Program

The Data Innovation Program is a data integration and analytics program for government. While every B.C. ministry collects and manages its own data, the Data Innovation Program can securely link and de-identify data from multiple ministries, giving government analysts a better understanding of B.C.’s complex issues.