Monday, February 17, 2020

Non-Profit Data

Question:
I have the following question from a faculty member.  I'm not sure where to find these.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. NFP= not for profit organizations. I presume that this doesn't include educational organizations, municipalities, etc.


% of workforce employed in NFPs, government % of NFP funding, % of GDP contributed by NFPs, % of Canadians donating to NFPs.


Thanks in advance.  I think I see some info on Stats can, but I'm not sure.

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Answer:

We received the following information from our subject matter areas:

We were able to find the following table on the Statistics Canada website that shows employment for Canada by non-profit institutions.  

There is also a glossary of terms that provides more information about not for profit institutions as well as a publication.

The client can find most of the data he needs from the Satellite Account of Non-Profit Institutions and Volunteering (up to 2017).

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190305/dq190305a-cansim-eng.htm


  1. 1)      % of workforce employed in NFPs
    • You can find the number of people employed in non-profits from tables;
      • By sub-sector: 36-10-0617-01
      • By type of activity: 36-10-0615-01
      • These numbers should be compared to employment estimates from the National Accounts Labour Productivity program (available by province and for Canada): 36-10-0480-01
  2. Government % of NFP funding
    • You can find current transfers from government to non-profits in the income account: 36-10-0613-01
  3. % of GDP contributed by NFPs
    • You can find the GDP of the non-profit sector from tables;
      • By sub-sector: 36-10-0616-01
      • By type of activity: 36-10-0614-01
      •  This should be compared to basic prices GDP from the National Accounts.  This data is available by province and for Canada: 36-10-0221-01
      • Note: In order to get the GDP data from Market Prices to Basic Prices you will need to subtract “Taxes less subsidies on products and imports” from “GDP at market prices” in the table.
  4. % of Canadians donating to NFPs
    • Unfortunately, we don’t have data on the % of Canadian donating to Non-profits.  All we have is the amount of money actually being donated.  You can find this in the income account under “Current Transfers from Households: Donations”.  It is in table 36-10-0613-01

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar

We are pleased to inform you that the following are now available on the Statistics Canada Nesstar WebView site.

  • Canadian Travel Survey (CTS) 1980 Person Data PUMF (English only)
  • Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) 2006-2007 PUMF (French only)
  • Survey on Ageing and Independence (SAI) 1991 PUMF (French only)
  • International Travel Survey (ITS) 2002 U.S. Resident Trips To Canada PUMF (English only)
  • Labour Market Activity Survey (LMAS) 1986 Person File PUMF (English only)
  • Labour Market Activity Survey (LMAS) 1987 Person File PUMF (English only)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Transgender and intersex people in Canada

Question:

I have a student looking for demographic information on transgender and intersex people in Canada.

Is there any survey/census/reliable estimate or other sources of information I can point them to?

There was a similar question asked here in 2015 and the answer was that there is no information collected by StatCan, but maybe something has changed since then.

Answer:

There is no data available on the Intersex population in Canada from Statistics Canada.

However, the Survey on Safety in Public and Private Spaces did publish an estimate of 0.24% for Transgender Population in Canada in December 2019.

Here is the link to their analytical document:

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2019001/article/00017-eng.htm

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This isn’t the same concept that your researcher is looking for, but it may be helpful to bring up all the same.  (i.e., it won’t stand in as a proxy…)

The latest CCHS has Variable SDC_035, where R’s have the opportunity to state whether they consider themselves to be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. 

From the questionnaire:

SDC_Q035   Do you consider yourself to be...?


INTERVIEWER: Read categories to respondent.
1 Heterosexual (sexual relations with people of the opposite sex)
2 Homosexual, that is lesbian or gay (sexual relations with people of your own sex)
3 Bisexual (sexual relations with people of both sexes)
DK, RF


I don’t think this would hit the mark for your researcher as the Q specifically talks about “sexual relations” as opposed to gender and sexual fluidities and identities.  That said, I think this may be the one of the few times (or only time?) in recent memory that StatCan has posed a question on sex/gender and then released into a PUMF, perhaps partly because the concept can be difficult articulate into a categorical variable without misrepresenting R’s opinions on this very personal identity question..

New Release: LFS January 2020

We are pleased to inform you that the following product is now available.

Labour Force Survey (LFS) - January 2020

This public use microdata file contains non-aggregated data for a wide variety of variables collected from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS collects monthly information on the labour market activities of Canada's working age population. This product is for users who prefer to do their own analysis by focusing on specific subgroups in the population or by cross-classifying variables that are not in our catalogued products. The Labour Force Survey estimates are based on a sample, and are therefore subject to sampling variability. Estimates for smaller geographic areas, industries, occupations or cross tabulations will have more variability. For an explanation of sampling variability of estimates, and how to use standard errors to assess this variability, consult the Data Quality section in the Guide to the Labour Force Survey.

EFT: /MAD_PUMF_FMGD_DAM/Root/3701_LFS_EPA/1976-2020/data/micro2020-01.zip

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Problem with Postal Code Conversion File+ 7B

Question:

A researcher here is working with PCCF+ 7B and has encountered a problem, and wondered if someone at StatCan could assist?

Text below forwarded from the researcher:

The main problem I am facing is the DB-level GAF linking, but I also found two other issues that could be affecting the linking as a whole.

I am working on a project where we are trying to use postal codes reported in a survey to identify rural/urban status (planning to use the CSize variable). There was an option to provide full postal code, or to provide only the first three digits if the respondent would prefer. The records with full postal code seem to be linking properly, but any record with only FSA appears in the problem file with most of the variables set to missing. When I went through the code closely I noticed that when the records are linked to the Geographic Attribute File (GAF) it requires records to have a dissemination block. The comment in the code above this merge says “Merge back with Geographic Attribute File to get the remainder of the codes - Start at the Dissemination Block level, then move up to the DA, CSD, etc...”, but then the files are only linked at the DB level and any record without DB is not merged. From what I understand, dissemination block cannot be assigned to records linked on less than 4 characters so our records with only FSA do not get merged to the GAF and therefore have all the GAF variables set to missing later in the cleaning up stage of the files. When I looked at the datasets right before this merge, all the records are assigned a CMA from the linking based on FSA but this variable gets dropped before merging to the GAF. I know that the GAF is a DB level file but from my understanding there are variables at higher levels, such as CMA (and therefore CSize), that could be assigned for records without DB. Would it be valid to use the CMA variable assigned in the earlier linking to merge to the GAF for variables at the CMA level?

I also found that in the wc6dups file, the SAC id variable is only one digit instead of three. The input dataset only has one digit where SAC should be, and there is a comment beside this dataset in the input file SAS code saying “Check the input file”. This doesn’t actually make a difference in the files right now because this variable is overwritten by the GAF SAC variable, but I’m not sure if it will have an impact if the files are merged using SAC/CMA. Another thing I noticed is that DMT is used frequently through the code to assign missing values to records with specific DMTs, but DMT is set to 9 after the 6 character linking, and doesn’t exist in any of the datasets used later in the linking, so any records not linked using 6 characters has a DMT=9. I’m not sure the impact that this has on the validity of the linking, but I don’t think this is what was intended.

Answer:

In developing more recent versions of the PCCF+, we have removed most of the geographic links at the 3-digit FSA level, because we consider these to be largely inaccurate in most cases – this is why your client has most of these as missing. This happens during the cleaning phase. In general, we do not recommend off-label uses of the PCCF+, such as pulling out preliminary datasets to be used in geocoding.

In regards to specific questions:

but I’m not sure if it will have an impact if the files are merged using SAC/CMA.

They are not merged  using these variables.

Another thing I noticed is that DMT is used frequently through the code to assign missing values to records with specific DMTs, but DMT is set to 9 after the 6 character linking, and doesn’t exist in any of the datasets used later in the linking, so any records not linked using 6 characters has a DMT=9. I’m not sure the impact that this has on the validity of the linking, but I don’t think this is what was intended.

We cannot assign DMT to partial postal codes – they only exist for full postal codes. We perform different geocoding processes using DMT as an indicator of positional accuracy.

Monday, February 3, 2020

PSIS

Question:

I'm working with a student who wishes to use the microdata of Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS). The application process to get access to the data at RDC however, is a bit too long given their situation (his thesis is due to in less than 2 months); if they could use PUMFs for this survey that would be ideal, but I didn't find it on Nesstar.  Did I miss anything and is there any other way for him to get his hands on the PSIS microdata?

Answer:

You may find the following table created by my colleagues helpful. It outlines which surveys have public use files, if there is a confidential file in the RDCs and if the file is available through the real time remote access (RTRA) program.

https://uottawa.libguides.com/c.php?g=401920&p=3205624

As you can see, there isn’t a PUMF for the PSIS. Likely your students best option would be a custom tabulation, but those are cost recoverable. 

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar

We are pleased to inform you that the following are now available on the Statistics Canada Nesstar WebView site.

  • Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) 2004-2005 PUMF
  • Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) 2006 PUMF (English only)