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Research Blog: Child health and well-being in Canada

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Dafna Kohen, assistant director of the Health Analysis Division.

 

The well-being of children is an important issue for Canadians. Statistics Canada has a long history of producing data on this topic. One of the first sources of information about children in Canada was the 1994 National Longitudinal Survey on Children and Youth—an extensive survey-based questionnaire that gathered information from

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Rising to the challenge: meeting Canadians' information needs - part 2

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm
Link to part one

In an information age, more data is available than ever before. Yet, data gaps – real or perceived – still persist.

As Canada's national statistical agency, Statistics Canada is a key source of authoritative statistical information on all aspects of Canadian society and economy. It is incumbent on the agency to provide relevant and timely information to meet changing information needs.

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Research Blog: Women-owned businesses in Canada

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Huju Liu, a senior economist in the Economic Analysis Division.

 

Entrepreneurship has long been argued to be an important driver for innovation, job creation and productivity growth. However, men and women are still unequal in becoming entrepreneurs and growing their businesses: women are less likely to become entrepreneurs, and women-owned businesses are smaller than their men-owned counterparts. To

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Random Tabular Adjustment is here!

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm
Balancing confidentiality protection and user needs

Statistics Canada has been exploring new methods to balance the need for more high-quality data outputs with the protection of confidential information in the release of economic data estimates.

Random Tabular Adjustment (RTA) is a statistical technique used to protect confidential information in published data by applying random adjustments to sensitive estimates. This is a new method developed by Statistics Canada and we are applying it for the first time with the release of the Survey of Innovation

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Explore new experimental data on residential property prices

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Canadians have a lot of questions about housing. How much does it cost to purchase a new condominium? How would the price compare between Vancouver and Toronto? In response to growing demand for more detailed housing data, Statistics Canada has released new data: the Experimental New Condominium Apartment Price Index (NCAPI). First released on February 15, 2019, the NCAPI opens the door to a better understanding of the factors that affect condominium prices.

The index, derived from the

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Rising to the challenge: meeting Canadians' information needs - part 1

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Statistics Canada is the country's national statistical agency with a mandate to provide quality data on the country's economic and social well-being. And in general, we do a good job. Close to 24 million Canadians consult our website to fulfill their statistical needs every year. We respond to 20,000 calls and over 25,000 emails through our 1-800 number and our infostats service each year. Recent poll results show that 88% of Canadians trust Statistics Canada, and our website survey indicates that 76% of visitors find what they need on the website.

We agree that ideally,

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Reducing response burden imposed on farmers and businesses

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Farmers are busy people, especially when it's time to prepare the land, plant, and harvest crops. Like other data users, they want timely, accurate and detailed data, while completing the least number of surveys.

Statistics Canada's Agriculture Division agrees, and has set itself an ambitious goal with the AG-Zero project. 'We're working to produce comprehensive, relevant and integrated farm data – while minimizing the burden on farm operators' – says Director Étienne Saint-Pierre.

Reducing response burden is a key part of the agency's modernization initiative, which

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Update - Impacts of the U.S. government shutdown

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Update Feburay 18, 2019 – The release for Canadian international merchandise trade data for the December 2018 reference month, originally scheduled for February 5, has been postponed to March 6. In addition, the release of data for the January 2019 reference month, originally scheduled for March 7, will also be delayed. Release dates for subsequent reference months will likely be affected as well. For more information, please consult “New release date for the publication of the December 2018

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Projecting the future of health in Canada using microsimulation modelling

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Deirdre Hennessy and Bill Flanagan, research analysts in the Health Analysis Division.

Some of the most important questions for health policy makers, planners and clinicians have to do with the future. In order to design effective prevention and screening programs, health policy makers must be able to estimate future trends in risk factors for disease and future disease occurrences. Another aspect of thinking about the future is

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Statistics Canada is using new data sources to give Canadians sound measures of the new economy

Sun, 23/06/2019 - 5:00pm

In today's digital society, 75% of household purchases are made using debit cards, credit cards, or pre-authorized payments. Wages are deposited directly and over a quarter of Canadians used online bulletin boards to sell products. All of this information flows between businesses and citizens digitally. Billions of transactions occur each year seamlessly, and in fact many institutions use the information available to routinely market products and services to Canadians.

High quality and timely data are critical in order to track important changes in the economy, changes in

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