For whatever reason, Statistics Canada has changed the nature of the access to its web version of Historical Statistics of Canada. Until recently, the electronic version of this classic work of data (with paper editions published in 1965 and 1983) covering Canada from 1867 to the mid 1970s provided the tables of the assorted sections in HTML, PDF and CSV formats. That has changed and not exactly for the better.
The CSV versions of the 1,088 statistical tables on the social, economic and institutional can no longer be accessed even though the description says they still are. This removes a very useful option for data exploration for teaching and research purposes. The current link that works for now (and you can’t always seem to get to it with a Google search so you might want to bookmark it) now only offers a choice in HTML and PDF but only the PDF seems to work and only if you click on “More info”. If you click on the section link not much seems to happen which can be annoying until you figure things out.
I am frankly not sure why this has been done and to be fair, I have not asked anyone at Statistics Canada as to why this has happened. It is not the end of the world – the PDFs are still there – but the access is not as convenient as it used to be.