Category: New on the Web

Census 2011 data release

Statistics Canada released more data today from the 2011 Census. The age and sex data reveals a shifting demographic in Canada.

For more information:

Statistics Canada The Daily: 2011 Census: Age and sex
Statistics Canada: Census release tables and products
2011 Census – Thematic maps by theme
Globe and Mail Infographic: How Canada breaks down on age and gender lines

This was the second of four releases from the 2011 Census. Population and dwelling count stats were released in February. Upcoming releases will be on families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling and collectives (September 19, 2012) and language (October 24, 2012).

For more help with data and statistics, consult OC Library’s Data & Statistics guide.

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Employment law research at your fingertips

An authoritative text on Canadian wrongful dismissal and employment law is now open access and online. Thanks to a partnership between CanLII and Lancaster House, the eText on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law (1st edition) is available free of charge.

“[The] electronic text authored by experts in the field will be fully integrated and freely available to the public on the CanLII website. This text will explain the law on hundreds of employment-related topics, and provide commentary on leading decisions of courts and labour tribunals. An easy-to-use, searchable guide, the e-text will permit the public and legal professionals alike to efficiently navigate the thousands of cases on the CanLII website that bear upon the subject of employment law and wrongful dismissal in order to uncover leading and influential decisions.” – CanLII

For more legal research tips, visit OC Library’s Canadian Case Law & Legislation guide.

Apple working conditions audit made public

Apple made some headlines today, releasing a working conditions audit that will be valuable to those researching corporate social responsibility and Apple.

According to the Globe and Mail, the audit revealed “a number of violations, among them breaches in pay, benefits and environmental practices in plants in China” (Gupta, 2012).

A 27-page version of the audit report is available from Apple, along with the list of global suppliers, here.

References:

Gupta, P. Apple supply chain audit finds worker conditions not up to standards. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www.theglobeandmail.com

New NAICS

Statistics Canada has announced the release of the 2012 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Canada.

The codes can be viewed/searched online or in a PDF.

NAICS 2012 information is now included in OC Library’s Industry Research Guide. The guide will retain NAICS 2007 information, as there will likely be a transitional period.

Background:

“The North American Classification System (NAICS) is a system for classifying production units by type of economic activity. It was developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States in order to facilitate the collection, tabulation, analysis and dissemination of industry statistics and allow three-country uniformity and comparability of such data. NAICS is also widely used by government agencies, trade associations, public and private sector businesses and various other organizations.” – Statistics Canada.

 

Market research tips

In a recent article on Huffington Post, Librarian and market research expert Mary Phelps has some great tips for those looking to start up a business or expand their business. While she’s speaking in the American context, the advice remains the same: do your research!

Local business news

Looking to stay on top of local business news? Check out the content curation portal Kelowna Business Buzz. Published by Welcome to Kelowna, the site uses the curation service paper.li and is a good source of aggregated Kelowna news.

Study highlights SME economic contribution

Statistics Canada has released a new study that investigates the contributions of business to the Canadian economy.

“The study Small, Medium-sized and Large Businesses in the Canadian Economy: Measuring Their Contribution to Gross Domestic Product in 2005” provides the first estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) in the business sector based on firm size. – The Daily, Statistics Canada

The study highlights the large contribution and positive impact of small and medium sized business:

Small and medium-sized businesses, that is, those with fewer than 500 employees, accounted for just over one-half of GDP in the business sector in 2005. – The Daily, Statistics Canada

More information on the study can be found here.
Download and/or view the study here.