When used correctly and accurately, statistics can help support your arguments' validity and reliability. Statistics are often most effective when they are used sparingly, but strategically. Stick to facts and figures that are relevant to your topic, and will meaningfully illustrate the extent of an issue.
In an assignment, you will need to cite any statistics you use to prove that they came from a reliable source and are not numbers that you created to prove your own point. However, you should use your own words to give the statistic context and describe why it is important and relevant to your own argument or thesis.
Statistics Canada collects a wide variety of data from government records, surveys and the national census. You can find statistics regarding demographics, economic activity and trade, natural resources, societal and cultural information and more.
The Census happens every five years and provides for the most comprehensive headcount of Canadians.
You can use the Census profile tool to generate a report about the demographic profile of a place in Canada.