Explore Data

Delve into all the datasets available on Youth Data Lab. Download the open data to use in your research projects, or provide a youth-oriented lens for your organization’s existing insights.

Indexes are value-based datasets for data that is quantifiable; for example, minimum wage has a value in each city that we can measure

Survey datasets include responses to Youthful Cities’ questionnaires, which provide greater insight into the quantifiable data.

Interview datasets contain quotes from participants and are useful for understanding the context of insights.

Urban Work Index 2023

2023

Now in its third iteration, the Urban Work Index 2023 ranks 30 cities across Canada to find the best places for youth to work and live.

Download .csv file
Learn more
Press Release
Methodology

Real Affordability Index

2022

The Real Affordability Index is a joint project between Youthful Cities and RBC Future Launch. It indexes real costs in 27 cities across Canada as of April 2022.

Download .csv file
Learn more
A Day in the Life

Using data from our 2022 Real Affordability dataset, we crafted a story of what it is like to live as youth, trying to thrive financially in Canada.

Press Release
Codebook
Quotes

Responses from youth collected after the release of the Real Affordability Index.

Refugee Resettlement Index

2022

A collaboration between Youthful Cities and The Refugee Centre, this dataset measures indicators that are especially relevant to refugees and other newcomers to Canada. This dataset contains cost values and totals of available resources in each city. To see a list of resources with their contact information, see the Refugee Resources dataset.

Download .csv file

Refugee Resources

2022

A collection of resources used to populate the Refugee Resettlement Index. This dataset contains contact information for various programs and organizations that are helpful for newcomers to Canada.

Download .csv file

Micro-grant and Youth Engagement Resources

2022

This dataset focuses on micro-grants available at the city level. It was put together in collaboration with TakingITGlobal.

Download .csv file

CBYF Index

2021

Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) is a collective impact movement aimed at improving the future of 5,000 youth. Youthful Cities partnered with CBYF to create this index.

Download .csv file

Urban Work Index 2021

2021

Data from the Urban Work Index 2021. This dataset was mostly based on data from the Pivot 2020 Index with the addition of a few unique indicators. Data is presented ‘as is.’

Download .csv file
Learn more
Methodology and Data Sources

Pivot 2020 Index

2020

Over 400 comparable indicators across Canada developed by young people to measure their city’s performance.

Download .csv file
Urban Youth Impact Report

Pivot 2020 Survey

2020

Behaviours, topics, and beliefs of around 3,000 young people between the ages of 15-29 about cities, and their experiences prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download .csv file
Urban Youth Impact Report
Survey Questionnaire

Pivot 2020 Survey Aggregated

2020

Aggregated data from the Pivot 2020 Survey dataset, breaking responses down by percentage.

Download .csv file
Urban Youth Impact Report
Survey Questionnaire

Pivot 2020 Interview

2020

Quotes and transcripts from more than 500, 30 min interviews with young people about cities during the COVID-19 pandemic and looking into the future.

Download .csv file
Urban Youth Impact Report

Coventry – City of Culture

2020

The Youthful Cities Program is a partnership between Coventry UK City of Culture, the British Council and Youthful Cities to facilitate a cultural and creative skills exchange between young people across the globe. It has been developed to enable young adults (age 18-25) to creatively respond to important, urgent and youth-focused issues in their cities, encouraging more active participation in civic matters.

Download .pdf file
Learn more

Canadian Index 2019

2019

A ranking of the most youthful cities in Canada.

Download .pdf file
Press Release

Urban Work Index 2019

2019

A ranking of the best cities to work in Canada.

Download .pdf file
Press Release

Canadian Index 2018

2018

A ranking of the most youthful cities in Canada.

Download .pdf file

Global Urban Millennial Survey

2016

A survey of millennials' perceptions of what a youthful city is and how their city is performing.

Download .pdf file

Global Index 2015

2015

A ranking of the most youthful cities in the world.

Download .pdf file

Global Index 2014

2014

A ranking of the most youthful cities in the world.

Download .pdf file

Global Affordability Index 2014

2014

A ranking of the most affordable cities in the world.

Download .pdf file