Data visualization and presentation

Date adopted: 
January 9, 2023
Last update: 
January 20, 2023

Turning complex numbers and information into a visual chart or graph means:

  • people can
    • more easily take in and understand complex information;
    • more easily identify new statistical distributions and patterns over time; and
    • make more informed decisions based on their understanding.
  • the government can:
    • make its data more transparent and accessible;
    • better communicate processes and relationships like a workflow or organizational structure; and
    • illustrates simple comparisons like different rates of change.

When to use a chart or graph

Guidance for teams on when to use a chart or graph or when they should not use this form of data presentation

Options for presenting data

The government has a few options for teams looking to present data on public-facing websites

Standards for creating charts and graphs

All public-facing content must meet the government's digital service standards. This is additional guidance specific to charts and graphs.

How to determine what chart type to use

Information to help teams choose the chart type to best present data to the public.

How to apply colour and hues to charts and graphs

Advice for applying the government's brand colours and hues to charts and graphs.