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About the Data Portal

The OKN Data Portal is an important resource for people who work in the early learning and care field; library systems; child, youth and family services; faith-based organization and the public, education, mental health and children’s services. Data Portal users become more “data literate" as they learn to understand and interpret data. They can create maps and charts using Halton and their own data to communicate more effectively.


The information in the OKN Data Portal can help tell compelling and meaningful stories about the work professionals do and can help make a stronger case for funding proposals. Service providers can use the OKN Data Portal to better understand and interpret data to plan and design evidence-based services and programs, turning research into action.

What Data is in the OKN Data Portal?

OKN has invested in a significant amount of research to identify the key components of healthy growth and development for all children and youth. This quality, local data is based on the Halton 7, which represent ideal living conditions for children and youth in Halton. Users will find community and neighbourhood-level information, demographics, OKN research data on health, safety, education, Developmental Assets®, Census data and more.

How to Use the Data

The OKN Data Portal contains quality, local-level data. Although data are subject to limitations, we made every effort to ensure the most accurate data is available. Limitations of the data include limited data points over time and self-reported information. To help you better understand the data, download the Guidelines for Interpretation.


The data in the Data Portal and Our Kids Network (OKN) research reports are produced or compiled by OKN for the purposes of providing community status information. Data and information released from OKN are provided on an "AS IS" basis, without warranty of any kind, including, without limitation, any warranty as to accuracy, suitability for a particular purpose or non-infringement of any intellectual property rights that may be held by others.

Availability of this data and information does not constitute scientific publication. Data and/or information may contain errors or be incomplete. OKN is not responsible for the interpretation and usability or suitability of the data for any intended purpose. It shall be used by the recipient of such information without any reliance on OKN in any manner whatsoever.