Societies of the early 21st century emphasize the need to better understand their past and the complexities of human lives. In doing so, they seek to gain insight into how best to update current social institutions, policies, and practices. The Canadian Peoples (TCP) database will allow researchers to reinterpret the changing experiences of Canada’s people from 1852 to 1921 in a diverse way and enable previously impossible studies. Many are not even imaginable at this time. Early users of TCP will have interests in one of the following broad research areas:
- health and demographic change based on longitudinal data connecting early life to later life indicators of fertility, physical robustness, morbidity and longevity;
- migration and spatial relocation in all regions of Canada and the impact of traumatic events such as World War One;
- socio-economic inequality, social mobility, immigrant assimilation, and occupational and wage transitions within and between generations;
- cultural communities and identities and the survival of minority populations examined through unique census evidence about language use and ethnicity and through the ability to examine widely scattered members of small groups.