Thursday, May 31, 2007

Updated Product - Survey of Household Spending

Survey of Household Spending, Public-use Microdata File 2005

Understanding consumer spending is important for a wide variety of users, including social policy analysts, advocacy and community groups, businesses and all levels of government. The public-use microdata file for the 2005 Survey of Household Spending gives users the ability to conduct their own analysis of spending on a wide variety of goods and services, dwelling characteristics and possession of household equipment and services. Results from the 2005 Survey of Household Spending were originally released in The Daily on December 12, 2006.

The public-use microdata file for the Survey of Household Spending contains household level information about expenditures on a wide variety of goods and services: food, shelter, clothing, transportation, health care, child care, education, reading materials, communications, recreation, furniture, tobacco and alcohol, gambling, taxes, insurance premiums, pension contributions, money gifts and charitable contributions. All records have been thoroughly screened to ensure the anonymity of respondents.


FTP: /dli/shs/2005

Updated Products - International Travel Survey (ITS) 2007

International Travel Survey -- 2007 Q1

Data for the first quarter of 2007 has been added.
The International Travel Survey (ITS) provides statistics on travellers, to and from Canada.

FTP: /dli/its/2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Saskatchewan GDP


A patron is looking of Saskatchewan GDP by Industry, Current Dollars from 2004-2006 (or latest). Cansim table 379-0025 provides figures till 2003 by province. I am wondering if the data is available after 2003.


The current dollar GDP by industry for 2004 for Saskatchewan will be released this fall. The author division has indicated that these tables come from the Input Output tables which are released 3 years after the reference period (2004 would be released in 2007, etc).

Friday, May 25, 2007

PUMF for National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses Survey


Are there any plans to create a PUMF from the National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses (NSWHN) survey?


The author division has confirmed that a PUMF will not be created for the National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses (NSWHN). The Microdata Release Committee has indicated that it is not possible to create a PUMF for this survey so there are no plans to change this decision in the future.

Interesting details regarding the disclosure and availability of NSWHN data are available in the Data, definitions and sources section of the Statistics Canada website (click here). According to this page, the master file for this survey should be available through the RDCs.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Updated Products - Small Area and Administrative Data (SAAD)

Title, Years added

Canadian Capital Gains, 2004 - 2005
Charitable Donors, 2004 - 2005
Canadian Investment Income, 2004 - 2005
Canadian Investors, 2004 - 2005
Canadian Savers, 2004 - 2005
Canadian Taxfilers, 2004 - 2005
Economic Dependency Profiles, 2004
Families, 2004
Labour Force Income Profiles, 2004
Migration Estimates, 2004 - 2005
Neighbourhood Income and Demographics, 2004
RRSP Contribution Limits (room), 2005 - 2006
RRSP Contributors, 2004 - 2005
Seniors 2004

FTP: /usr2/ftp/dli/saad

Updated Products - NLSCY Cycle 6 Synthetic files

The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) is a long-term study of Canadian children that follows their development and well-being from birth to early adulthood. The study is designed to collect information about factors influencing a child's social, emotional and behavioural development and to monitor the impact of these factors on the child's development over time.

Additional information regarding the NLSCY is available here.


FTP: /usr2/ftp/dli/nlscy/synthetic/synthetic-cycle6-2004-2005

New Product - Your Guide to Data Sources on Census-related Topics

The 2006 Census Dissemination Project is pleased to announce the release of 'Your Guide to Data Sources on Census-related Topics', catalogue no. 92-135-GWE.

In this guide you will find lists of surveys and data sources available at Statistics Canada. Used to obtain information on a variety of subjects, including census-related topics, these surveys and data sources complement the existing information obtained through the census.

This product is available in HTML on the Internet and can be found by clicking on the Census button located on the sidebar of the Statistics Canada home page, under the headings Spotlight and Census consultation. This guide is also available free of charge in the on-line catalogue at

Friday, May 11, 2007

Updated Products - Residential Telephone Service Survey (RTSS)

Residential Telephone Service Survey - 2006

FTP: /ftp/dli/rtss/2006/12

Updated Products - Income Trends in Canada (ITC) 1980-2005

Income Trends in Canada is an extensive collection of income statistics, covering topics such as income distribution, income tax, government transfers, and low income. The data are drawn from two household surveys: the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) and the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). Data since 1996 are taken from SLID, while historical data prior to 1996 are drawn from the SCF.

Income Trends in Canada provides a complete list of the tables and directions for getting started. It also contains background information on the survey, its content and methodology, and other SLID data products and services.

In addition to provincial detail, many of the tables present estimates for the 15 largest Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs), as follows: Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, St.-Catharines-Niagara, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Windsor, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Due to sample size limitations and sampling variability, estimates for urban areas are less reliable and are subject to larger errors than provincial and national estimates. Given the variability of the annual estimates, users are cautioned against drawing conclusions from single year-to-year comparisons alone.

Income Trends in Canada uses the Beyond 20/20 Browser software for accessing and manipulating tables.

FTP: /ftp/dli/itc/1980-2005

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Definition of Economic Region


Could someone please provide a clear definition of what an "Economic Region" is in the 2001 Census? We've looked at the User's Guide and well the definition alludes me.


Here's a link to the long definition:

Census of Agriculture Missing Data at CCS Level


One of our biology researchers is using the DLI Census of Agriculture 2001 B2020 tables for a GIS research project and has reported that the tables are consistently missing Consolidated Census Subdivisions (CCS).

Specifically, a total of 138 Consolidated Census Subdivisions are missing from the b2020 tables across Atl, Que, Ont, MSk, & ABC, e.g., TABLE3Atl, TABLE3Que, TABLE3Ont, TABLE3MSk, TABLE3ABC and are not accounted for by the documented CCS amalgamations. The researcher has tested and found this consistently for tables 3, 28 and 32 and wishes to know:

Have the 138 attached CCS’s been amalgamated, but not documented? If so, what are the correct CCS’s to use? If the 138 attached CCS’s have not been amalgamated, have they been suppressed, or can they be obtained through means other than the DLI B2020 files? Please provide some detail for methodology documentation / follow-up purposes.


Some of the CCS's in the list were checked and found to have zero farms.

If you have the reference maps from 2001 at bottom of the list of CCS within Census Divisions (after the maps) you will find the note "all Census Consolidated Subdivisions in italics had no farms in 2001". If you don't have the reference maps they are found at under census, under 2001 census, under census of agriculture, under farm data, and under reference maps.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Question about CCHS 3.1 Variables


A student has asked the following question about the Canadian Community Health Survey:

I am having a hard time understanding the definition of one of the derived variables in the CCHS 3.1 - namely: INCEDRRS, found on page 251-252 of the derived variables booklet. The description of this variable is confusing and I am unsure of what INCEDADR (that INCEDRRS is based on) refers to exactly. I am wondering if INCEDRRS is essentially the same as TEMP_RATIO (p. 244-), but at the health region level and divided into 10 deciles? Any thoughts that you have on this definition would be greatly appreciated.


The TEMP_RATIO is the respondent's household income divided by its corresponding LICO (low income cut-off - based on household size and the size of community the respondent's household is located in).

INCEDADR is a variable that makes everyone's ratio ranging from 0 to 1. We simply divide the TEMP_RATIO of each household by the highest
household TEMP_RATIO among all CCHS respondents.

These adjusted ratios are then divided into 10 equal groups (deciles) and are calculated at the national level (INCEDRCA), within each province (INCEDRPR) and within each health region (INCEDRRS).

Thursday, May 3, 2007

UN Common Database

As of 1 May 2007, use of the Common Database will be FREE OF CHARGE. No subscription will be necessary after that date, and all users can access the full range of data, metadata and various search tools without restriction.

A new system, UN data, will be launched in Summer 2007 and will provide improved access and searchability for UNSD databases. Click here for more information.