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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.

Open and free access to Canadian statistics

Statistics Canada recently opened up their CANSIM data to public, making it freely available, under the Statistics Canada Open License Agreement. OC Library is transitioning from its subscription version of CANSIM to the publicly available database. You’ll notice that all CANSIM links in Library resources now point to the publicly available database.

Visit OC Library’s Data & Statistics guide to see how CANSIM data can support your business-related research.

In other Canadian statistical news, Statistics Canada will cancel E-STAT effective June 30, 2012. It will remain accessible until June 30, 2013.

New Data & Statistics guide

OC Library has just published a new Data & Statistics guide that will help you conduct statistical research. While the guide is multi-disciplinary, there are many topics of special interest to business researchers, including:

  • People;
  • Consumer;
  • Industry/Product;
  • Economics & Trade;
  • Tourism;
  • and more.

The new guide has been integrated into Business research guides. If you have a resource to suggest for inclusion in the guide, please contact Business Liaison Librarian, Leanna Jantzi.

Census 2011 data released

Statistics Canada released the 2011 Census population and dwelling counts today. The census numbers reveal that Canada’s population grew by 5.9% since 2006, and that Kelowna had one of the highest population growths among census metropolitan areas, with a 10.8% increase.

The population and dwelling counts is the first release of 2011 Census data and products. Statistics Canada will release Census 2011 information throughout the year.

Information on the 2011 Census population and dwelling counts has been added to OC Library’s Census of Canada 2011 and Consumer Research subject guides. The Library will continue to add new 2011 Census content to subject guides and the Library collection as they become available.

There are some interesting tools available with this census release, including a Visual Census, which “facilitates the analysis and comparison of the changing demographic and socio composition of selected geographic areas across Canada” and a mobile census profile, which offers community-level statistics formatted for your mobile device.

Other interesting 2011 Census tools, resources, and analysis include:


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.

Your guide to the 2011 Census

Canada’s national census is now underway. Soon (if not already) your household will receive its census package.

Census data is extremely important to business research. It supplies demographic data on consumers, their income, and more.

The Library is now your information gateway to everything census related. View the Library’s guide to the 2011 census and find key links, read about the latest census news, learn tips and tricks for filling out the census, and more!

Read more here.

2009 Survey of Household Spending

Statistics Canada has released data from its 2009 Survey of Household Spending, and the numbers are getting a lot of play in the news.

“Average household spending in Canada declined 0.3% to $71,120 in 2009, following the economic slowdown that began in the fall of 2008. This was the first decline since the annual Survey of Household Spending was introduced in 1997.” – The Daily, Statistics Canada

This decline is being reported by many media outlets. If you’re interested in reading more, here are a few, select links to stories:




Building permits

The number of residential and non-residential building permits issued by a local government can be an indicator of economic and business growth or decline of the community. Statistics Canada has just released its municipal building permit numbers for October.

Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.2 billion in October, down 6.5% from September, when permits were up 14.9%. The October value of permits remains comparable to levels prior to the economic downturn. A decline in both the residential and non-residential sectors in Ontario and Quebec led the October decrease. – Statistics Canada

Most importantly, this information includes some numbers for Kelowna. See Table 3 that is included in The Daily’s release.

Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy

Initial results from Statistics Canada’s new Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy are now available.

The survey was conducted by Statistics Canada in 2009 and sponsored by Industry Canada and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The survey, which covered manufacturing, most service industries, and other industries, was designed to address gaps in the understanding of factors that drive and impede business innovation and the adoption of technology in Canada.
It provides information on the strategic and tactical decisions of Canadian businesses, as well as their innovation and operational activities. – The Daily, StatsCan

Highlights of the survey are available from Industry Canada’s Economic Analysis and Statistics division.

Cost of environmental protection

Ever wonder how much Canadian businesses are spending to mitigate their impact on the environment? Statistics Canada has the answer: close to $9.1 billion in 2008.
Statistics Canada has just released information on environmental protection expenditures by businesses, which is part of the Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditures, a biennial survey of selected primary industries and the manufacturing sector.
A summary of the information, as well as links to the Environmental Protection Expenditures in the Business Sector, 2008 report and details on CANSIM tables can be found here.