Friday, June 24, 2005

International students and immigration status


Statistics on the number and source countries of international students in the Canadian post-secondary system who have applied for/been granted permanent resident status subsequent to graduation.

It was suggested to her that DLI products would help. Can anyone suggest which one? I looked through the list and found the National Graduates survey but when I read the description and checked the questionaire it did not seem appropriate.


I just confirmed with our Education Division and we can provide university enrolments/graduates by country of citizenship and
immigration status from 1992 to 2001. However, we do not have data on how many students remain in Canada after they finish school.

Labour Market Activity Survey 86-90


There are no SPSS or SAS syntax files for the LMAS data files on the DLI FTP site. Does anyone out there have such files they would be willing to share?


Lots - just make sure you are using the right edition:

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Body Mass Index


What early surveys would have collected data on body mass index or body weight or body weight and height. I can find back to GSS 1, 1985, Health and Social Support. Any STC survey prior to that for this information? We're looking at Kendall's National Canadian Health Surveys, 1950-1997, but it's not clear who conducted the early surveys.


The Canadian Health Surveys, 1950-1997 provides a history of Canadian Health Surveys.

As I look at it, the earliest nutrition survey which asks questions on physical assessments, is the Nutrition Canada Survey (1970-1972).

The sponsor for this survey was the Food and Drug Directorate, Health and Welfare Canada.

The data collector was Health and Welfare Canada and the contacts for that survey were:

Peter Fisher at 957-0919 and Government Archives Division, National Archives of Canada at 996-8507 (These numbers are probably not in use anymore)

Permission to use CCHS Questionnaire


A researcher here at Dalhousie would like to get permission from Stats Canada to use the CCHS 2.1 questionnaire in a CIHR project proposal. Can you point me in the right direction?


You can contact Statistics Canada's Licensing Section at

Friday, June 10, 2005

Occupation and Mortality - Sydney, Nova Scotia


I have a patron looking for cause of death for coal miners in Sydney Cape Breton (historical 20th century). I have found Occupational Surveillance in Canada: Cause-specific mortaility among workers, 1965-1991, but this doesn't do geography. Any other suggestions?


Here are notes a couple of sources for mortality data which if I remember correctly break down data by province and major cities. I was looking for taxi drivers so I can't tell you if these cover coal miners.

Vital Statistics Branch Annual Report, 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927 (Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1930).

The reports for these four years give numbers of deaths by occupation for five selected causes (accident, suicide, cancer, pneumonia and tuberculosis). Data is broken down by 5-year age groups (under 15 to 75 and over). Homicides are not included. Total deaths for all causes are given in the 1925, 1926 and 1927 reports.

Special Report on Occupational Mortality in Canada
, 1931-32 (Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Vital Statistics Branch, 1937).

Gives numbers of deaths by occupation for "ten important causes" and another "fifteen causes for which rates have not been computed". Homicides are not included. Data, based on the 1931 census, is broken down into five age groups (20-24 to 55-64). Also gives total population of males in each occupational group as well as death rates.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Replacement for Education in Canada


Education in Canada has been discontinued and I was wondering if there is anything available that does the same job? Seems to be surveys done through the Centre for Education Statistics, but I can't find a publication of aggregate tables that does the same job as Education in Canada. Am I missing something obvious?


Education Indicators in Canada, PCEIP 2003 cat#81-582-XPE replaced Education In Canada Cat# 81-229 for the most part Education Matters 81-004 replaced the Education Quarterly Review -Cat#81-003

Friday, June 3, 2005

Yoga Statistics


I'm looking for occurrence of yoga practice in Canada - either how many have tried it or how many have done it regularly. The question was asked in "National Population Health Survey, 1994. Supplemental surveys: nutrition, safety and accident prevention, smoking, breast-feeding, alcohol use during pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and use of health care services", but I was looking for something a little more up to date. Any ideas?


Searching in Vince's database at:
reveals that there are questions re yoga in CCHS 1.2 and 2.1, in 2001 and 2002 respectively.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Survey of Household Spending 2003


1. Does a purchase price or selling price of $0 for a house indicate that there was NO purchase or sale of a house by that household? Or were there houses that were bought and/or sold for $0 in the sample?

2. There was no coding documentation for the variables LARGEDWG, SMALLDWG, and OTHERR - do they use the same coding as the other variables in that group (CHEAPDWG, BETTRDWG, etc.)?


1. There was NO purchase or sale of a house if it's = $0
2. Yes, they are the same coding as the other variables