Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Economic Value of Sugar Maple Trees


I have a grad student who was once able to obtain the economic value of sugar maples (the tree and NOT the product) for Ontario. It used to be available on the MNR website and with changes happening at the forestry portfolio -the information has moved around a bit and is no where to be found at the moment. Is there anyway to obtain this information?


CANSIM Table may be a starting point Table 303-0064 Lumber production, shipments and stocks, by Canada and provinces. This will provide information on the general classification hardwood which includes other species than maple. Setting the actual value of a maple tree is based on the stumpage fees charged by the province or private land owner. For example, the GAZETTE OFFICIELLE DU QUÉBEC, March 30, 2007, Vol. 139, No. 13A outlines stumpage rates by species for 2007 – 2008.

I would use the following keywords and phrase when searching for the value of sugar maple trees for non-maple syrup economic values.

Tuition Rates for International Undergraduate Students


I'm assisting a student who is looking for tuition rates for foreign/international undergraduate students in Canada, reaching back further in time than CANSIM table 477-0023 includes. I understand that this data comes from the TLAC survey. However, although the information page on Stats Can's website indicates that this survey has been collected since the 1970's, the FTP site only seems to have the most recent version of it. Where might I find international tuition rates for Canadian postsecondary institutions going back to the 1970's, or at least the 1990's?


If you go to the TLAC data, there are historical tables that go back to the early 1970's. The table is named rather cryptically on the DLI FTP site, but is Table 9E, as shown below, providing Tuition Fees for Foreign Students,1972-2013. However, the earliest date of data for the TLAC that the DLI has is in Tables 1-4 1993-1994.xls You can access it from the website as well as on the FTP site (available in a .zip file).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Intercensal Estimates


For CANSIM Table 051-0001 <> Footnote 1 references Postcensal estimates are based on the 2006 Census counts, etc. I am assuming for earlier years it is for the closest preceding Census? I think I understand why only 2006 is referenced as the default display only displays years post 2006. Am I correct in interpreting that 1999--by way of example- would be rebased based on the 1996 Census? 


Intercensal estimates are estimates of population for reference dates between two censuses. For 1999, it would be between 1996 and 2001. They are produced following each census in order to reconcile previous postcensal estimates with the new census counts adjusted for CNU, thus assuring the internal consistency of the estimation system.

Please refer to section 1.2.1 for more detail <>.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sales Data


I am looking for data on sales for different industries (2-digit SIC codes only) in Canada, ideally for the years 2000-2012. Is this data available at the RDC?


From Industry Canada you have Canadian Trade By Industry (SIC Codes) SIC data, however, no longer being updated. There is also Trade By Industry (NAICS) module based on NAICS code to obtain latest industry data.

The classification version in use at Statistics Canada is the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Canada 2012. You have concordances between classifications available at the following site:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Federal departmental websites


Just looked at <> and noticed some significant, and less than wonderful, changes to this site. It seems to only list current (2011-2012) publications and the 'meaty' information that we rely on as librarians is harder to find. Can anyone shed light on this?

Listing only current publications is a standard that all government websites are supposed to be moving towards. The current federal government web standards emphasize that only "current" or recent information should be available on government websites; older information should only be available in designated "archives" (what those are exactly wasn't made particularly clear). Or at least, the web standards that were current eight months ago emphasized including only current or recent information (CLF2 and WCAG [Common Look and Feel for the Internet 2 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines]).

It certainly looks different though. Try looking under "Forms, reports, guides" just under the red maple leaf at the top. Then look at the twin menus "Find, about" and select "Reports and statistics" on the "Find" side plus a topic. That brings up reports from many dates, with the older reports labelled "ARCHIVED." Archived reports have appeared on the Statistics Canada website for quite a while already.

I did a search, filtered the results by type (Reports and statistics again), sorted by date, and found the the oldest item retrieved dates from 2001. It's not apparent, I guess you have to work harder to find older content. It's impossible to know whether everything is still there without a significant investment in time so I'll leave it at that.

I think your meatier information resources can be found by opening up the link at the bottom for Publications. There you've got a rich menu on a large variety of topics etc. Industry Canada had a rich trove of working papers and I don't see a direct link to these. I did use the term in the Search box and found listings. But I'm not sure of the file path as set up on the new site.

The Govt. has been revamping its sites for a long time. Usually the substance is still there but the navigation of the site changes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Locked PCCF Files


I've found the PCCF files ‘locked’. Did I miss the info about this? I had already downloaded one that is requested, but am wondering about others.


We are currently in discussions with Canada Post to gain access to Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) for DLI member institutions. As identified in the DLI Licence, the expectation is that DLI Contacts will make their patrons aware of the licence agreement before distributing the data.

We would like to provide more information to Canada Post as to how the DLI licence is being enforced at DLI member institutions. If you could provide to us a detailed description as to how your institution is enforcing the DLI Licence, that would be greatly appreciated and help us in the process of ensuring continued access to the PCCF data.

New Brunswick Health regions


I have a researcher hoping to get population numbers by language for New Brunswick Health Regions. I’m able to find a list of localities included in the different health regions by going to the health profile page for NB (, by selecting a region, and then by clicking on “Hierarchy”. Is there a more straight forward way to access this data?

Geographical codes instead of names would be especially useful. Is there a list of subdivision codes by health region for NB? Or do the health regions actually completely correspond to census divisions in NB? Here’s the map of the 2011 Health Regions for NB:


The census tables from the 2006 and 2001 censuses are at the following page: They are in B20/20 format.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities


I'm looking for the number of families in Windsor, Ontario who receive funding from the Ontario-based “Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities” program <>. Is this something that Statistics Canada collects explicitly and could provide, or would it need to be requested through other (provincial) sources? I suspect that data for either the city or the CMA would be acceptable (as long as we know which it is).


We don't collect that data explicitly. We may collect some indirectly through our disability or health surveys, but probably not enough to give an accurate picture. Your best bet would be with the provinces.

Friday, April 13, 2012

E-STAT: Official Announcement

Please note that E-STAT will be archived on June 30, 2012. E-STAT will remain accessible as is until June 30, 2013, but its content will no longer be updated. It will be discontinued July 1, 2013. We encourage you to start using the free CANSIM database and to visit the census portal for timely information.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Open Data Portals

The following municipal open data portals may be of interest:


Quebec City (in French):

Montreal (in French):

Interested individuals may also find the community information database of use: and the datalibre resource page:

Agricultural Data: Crop Type


I have a student looking for agricultural data for the Sainte -Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier for 2001 and 2006. More specifically, they are looking for crops by type.


The information sought can be retrieved at the following link:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Updated Products - International Merchandise Trade Data by CommodityClassification


International Merchandise Trade Data by Commodity Classification

2010 - Revised
2009 - Revised

International Merchandise Trade Data by Commodity Classification data are now available on the DLI FTP and website. This was a scheduled revision.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Opinion Poll Data


Can anyone suggest a source for the following:

  • the influence business has on policy making

  • opinions on lobbyists / lobbying

  • opinions on politicians and the way policy decisions are made

  • the perceived impact of lobbying on legislation/ regulations


The Environics Focus Canada (EFC)  polls (accessed through the Canadian Opinion Research Archive) contains historical and current public opinion on politicians and political issues. Perhaps it includes lobbying as well.

Sangster Award 2012

Are you a young Canadian doctoral student or have you earned your Ph.D. within the past three years? Do you work in a data-intensive environment? Are you interested in traveling to Taipei, Taiwan in October, 2012, to participate in a conference on advancing science and technology? Then the Sangster Award may be your ticket!

Established by the Canadian National Committee for CODATA, the $3000 Sangster Award covers the expenses for a young scientist or recent graduate to attend an international conference and present his or her work to peers from all over the world.  This year's conference is themed "Open Data for Science and Society in a Connected World.”

Application information, additional award details and a Sangster Award poster are available from the Canadian National Committee for CODATA's Web site Be sure to apply (to before the 31 March 2012 deadline.

New CIHI report

The Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is pleased to release Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities: A Scoping Review of Interventions, the second report in a two-part series focused on urban physical environments. The first report in the series, Urban Physical Environments and Health Inequalities, presented analyses on outdoor air pollution and heat extremes and their relationship to socio-economic status and health. In the second report, we explore interventions in urban physical environments and their potential to mitigate health inequalities.

The first section of the report showcases a range of interventions and their respective characteristics, with a particular emphasis on the state of evaluation of the interventions found during our scoping efforts. In the second section, we introduce a framework that clarifies the components of an equity lens and look at how the concept of equity has been integrated into various interventions. This framework will be useful to those who want to enrich their understanding of equity as a concept and to those who are interested in building equity into activities intended to improve health and urban physical environments.

The report can be downloaded at the following link:  here.


2011 Census Population and Dwelling Counts

 The 2011 Census Dissemination Project is pleased to announce the official release of the 2011 Census population and dwelling counts.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012,  sees the official release, via the Internet, of the first data from the 2011 Census, covering the population and dwelling counts. All standard products are available free of charge.

This release presents the population counts, counts for total private dwellings and counts for private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The levels of geography vary amongst the expansive list of products being released. Coverage ranges from Canada, provinces and territories down to the dissemination block. Information is also available for land area, population density; population rank and percentage change from 2006.

These data can be accessed through a variety of gateways:

Users can enter through The Daily.

  • Users can click on the Census button at the top of the right-hand navigation bar of the Statistics Canada website home page (enter through the various rotating postings within 'Census news') or directly from the variety of links and feature buttons on the 2011 Census web module home page.

Information within the web module is organized into broad display/product categories, featuring: by topic, data products, analytical products, reference materials and geography.

By topic offers links to the comprehensive suite of 2011 Census standard products associated with each of the 2011 Census releases beginning with the 2011 Census population and dwelling counts.

Data products offer population and dwelling counts for a wide range of standard geographic areas, available either in the Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2011 Census or in the Census Profile. The Visual Census facilitates the analysis and comparison of the changing demographic and socio composition of selected geographic areas across Canada through graphs and charts. The new Census Data Navigator allows the user to navigate through Canada, provinces, territories, census divisions and census subdivisions to obtain population and dwelling counts from the 2011 Census.

Analytical products offer links to the analytical document (The Canadian Population in 2011: Population Counts and Growth) and the three Census in Brief articles (Population growth in Canada: From 1851 to 2061, Canada's rural population since 1851 and The census: A tool for planning at the local level). A new analytical product called Focus on Geography Series also provides data and highlights on key topics found in the 2011 Census analytical document and Census in Brief articles for various levels of geography.

Reference materials cover various aspects of the census and are intended to support the use of census data. Specifically, Reference products include: Census Dictionary (geography portion for now), Overview of the Census, Preview of Census Products and Services, along with additional reference information. The link to the Results of the 92-year question provides the results from the 2011 Census where Canadians were provided with the opportunity to make an informed decision about the release of their name-identified census information. The Statistics Act permits name-identified census information to be transferred to Library and Archives Canada and made publicly available after 92 years, in other words, in the year 2103.

Geography offers links to the 2011 Census geographic products: Maps (reference maps, thematic maps, GeoSearch); reference documents (Catalogue, Illustrated Glossary, Reference guides, Interim List of Changes, Working papers); Spatial information products (Road Network File, Boundary files) and Attribute information products (GeoSuite, Geographic Attribute File, Correspondence files).

The 2011 Census web module home page also promotes/presents:

Direct access to the Census Profile for major cities in each province and territory.

  • 'Did you know...' highlights for the release (based on the analytical document).

  • Summary table of the 2011 Census population and dwelling counts for Canada, provinces and territories (right-hand side bar).

  • Feature buttons for direct links to some key products and to the 'Chat with an expert' module announcing the live chat session with a demography expert on February 13, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.

  • Video centre – contains the 'Population and Dwelling Counts – Highlights' video presentation.

  • Stay connected – links to Statistics Canada's social media initiatives including the mobile version of the Census Profile.

Demographic Information for Edmonton-Ellerslie Riding


A researcher is looking for demographic information on the residents living in the riding of Edmonton-Ellerslie. Edmonton-Ellerslie is a riding which is represented within the Alberta provincial government. A map of it can be found here:

They are interested in knowing the residents' demograpics (e.g. income, ethnic background, average age, etc.).


This is a Provincial Riding. Here's a link to a PED (Provincial Electoral District) Profile for Alberta based on the 2006 census results.

Of note, BCStats does the same for the provincial ridings ahead of elections.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Defining Rural


A researcher is  trying to define "Rural" using a Statistics Canada definition that will work in rural and northern areas. Any suggestions?


A Statistics Canada document that may be of assistance is  “Definitions of Rural”; it provides alternative definitions for “rural”.

It is available at

Census Tract Profiles for 1951


Is it possible to locate the CT profiles of Toronto for the 1951 Census in electronic format?

Here is a link to the .pdf scan of the 1951 Profile Series for Toronto at the CT level:  

.csv's of these Toronto tables are expected to be released in the near future.

Monday, February 6, 2012

ACMLA Call for papers

The ACMLA Conference Program Committee invites professionals, students and others from academia, libraries, archives, government or other organizations dealing with maps, GIS and cartographic materials to submit proposals for the 2012 Annual ACMLA Conference taking place in Toronto, June 12-15, 2012. Proposals for presentations in a variety of formats including papers, posters, round table discussions and workshops are welcome.

The main theme for CARTO 2012 is:

A Journey Through a Changing Landscape

 We live and work in a dynamic environment that forces us to adapt rapidly and plan strategically for the future. How can our past help us prepare for the future? What projects and collaborations have helped us stay relevant?  How can we communicate our value to the academic community and society at large?

Date: Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15, 2012

Place: Toronto

Hosted by: Ryerson University 

Papers and posters based on original research on any of the topics listed below are welcome. All presenters must submit an abstract electronically (in either English or French) of 250 words or less. Send your proposals to: by March 2nd, 2012.

Suggested topics include:

  • Map and GIS librarianship within academic librarianship

  • Historical maps and GIS

  • Partnerships, collaborations and networking

  • Professional development and continuing education

  • Archiving, preservation and digitization

  • Spatial information literacy and instruction

  • Metadata and cataloguing

  • Acquisition of digital and paper material

  • Open source and open data

  • Emerging technologies

  • Teaching and learning innovations

  • The current state of our paper map and digital collections

  • Web mapping and cartographic tools

Individuals wishing to organize special sessions on a topic with invited speakers, joint sessions, or specific workshops should contact the Program Committee:

Authors are responsible for spelling, grammar, and typographical errors. The time for each oral presentation will be approximately 20 minutes, which includes discussion and questions.

For any questions, suggestions or comments please contact Dana Craig ( or Janina Mueller (

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February: New Release Notifications

We are pleased to inform you of upcoming releases from Statistics Canada using Health Statistics data.

On February 9, Canadian Coroner and Medical Examiner Database: Annual Report will be available.
This annual report presents national data on the deaths investigated by Coroners and Medical Examiners (C/ME). These deaths are examined based on their type - natural, accidental, suicide, homicide or undetermined. On the day of release, please follow the link

On February 16, Health Reports will publish:

Assessment of validity of self-reported smoking status
This study compares estimates of the prevalence of cigarette smoking based on self-report with estimates based on urinary cotinine concentrations.  The data are from the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey, which included self-reported smoking status and the first nationally representative measures of urinary cotinine.

The health of First Nations children living off reserve and Métis children under age 6

This study examines parent-/guardian-reported data about the general health, chronic conditions and physical limitations of First Nations children living off reserve and Métis children younger than age 6.  The data are from the 2006 Aboriginal Children’s Survey.

On the day of release, please follow the Daily link or the Health Reports catalogue link

On January 23, 2012, Canadian Social Trends published:
Profile of seniors’ transportation habits.  This article examines various issues related to seniors’ access to transportation and to a vehicle. The first part focuses on determining which seniors have a driver’s licence and drive a car, including those with the weakest visual, auditory, motor and cognitive faculties. The second part of the article describes seniors’ main forms of transportation other than driving a car. The last part examines the impact of seniors’ main form of transportation on their level of social participation.

Please follow the link

For more information on Health products available at Statistics Canada, please visit our website at Health in Canada.

Updated Products - ICO Q4 2011


The Inter-corporate ownership (ICO) - Q4 2011 CD is now available for download from the DLI FTP and website.

"The Inter-corporate ownership CD is the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information available on corporate ownership; a unique directory of "who owns what" in Canada. It provides up-to-date information reflecting recent corporate takeovers and other substantial changes. Ultimate corporate control is determined through a careful study of holdings by corporations, the effects of options, insider holdings, convertible shares and interlocking directorships. The number of corporations that make up the hierarchy of structures totals approximately 45,000.

The information that is presented is based on non-confidential returns filed by Canadian corporations under the Corporations Returns Act and on research using public sources such as internet sites. The data are presented in an easy-to-read tiered format, illustrating at a glance the hierarchy of subsidiaries within each corporate structure. The entries for each corporation provide both the country of control and the country of residence.

The product covers every individual corporation that is part of a group of commonly controlled corporations with combined assets exceeding 200 million dollars or combined revenue exceeding 80 million dollars. Individual corporations with debt obligations or equity owing to non-residents exceeding a net book value of 1 million dollars are covered as well."


Fiscal Deficit


A student is trying to find quarterly data on this, but we do not find that searches actual retrieve data when searching for “fiscal deficit”, except for 380-0055, V501756 Canada; Surplus or deficit (net lending) as per Income and Expenditure Accounts, which seems perfect, except that it was terminated in 1950.  !!

 It should be possible to calculate this deficit – so the student is wondering if a subtraction of: Total current expenditure (V498371)  from  Income  (V498358) would in fact be the number being used when reporting the “fiscal deficit”.

An explication would be much appreciated!


For the notion of “fiscal deficit” of Federal government, client could use Net Lending from Cansim Table 380-0007, seasonal adjusted or unadjusted series.

  • v498381   Canada; Seasonally adjusted at annual rates; Federal government; Net lending (1961-2011)

  • v499193   Canada; Unadjusted; Federal government; Net lending (1961-2011)

More free data on the Statistics Canada website

On February 1, 2012, self-serve standard products available on the Statistics Canada website—including CANSIM and census data products—will become free of charge.

Statistics Canada will maintain current pricing practices for products such as print publications, maps, CD-ROMs, and custom products and services.

Licensing restrictions for the use of Statistics Canada data products will be removed.

For more information, please visit:

Life Coaches


I have a researcher interested in data about Life Coaches –  numbers of practitioners, income, etc. I have determined that Coaches, Life Skills is classed in the National Occupation Code 4212 (Community and Social Service Workers). However I’m having difficulty finding data other than some references in Canadian Social Trends. Any/all tips would be appreciated.


If you use the National Occupational Classification for Statistics 2006 [NOC-S 2006], it lists the Life Skills people as 'E212 Community and Social Service Workers'

 Using this code you can find a number of data from the Census (labour profiles) and the LFS.



High School Completion Rates


I am looking for for following:
1. Recent data on high school completion rates for Canada and Saskatchewan by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. I have data on total rates but not rates broken down by the various categories.

2. The publication: Educational Outcomes at Age 19 by Gender and Parental Income: A First Look at Provincial differences, Catalogue No. 81-595-M No. 057. I was unable to find it on


Although we were unable to locate the exact information you requested, the following publications may be of use:

A first look at provincial differences in educational pathways from high school to college and university.


Educational Outcomes at Age 19 Associated with Reading Ability at Age 15  (81-595-M No. 043)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Aboriginal People's Survey 2006


I have a researcher who wants to know the proportion of aboriginal versus non-aboriginal people aged 25-34 who have completed post-secondary education. This is easily obtainable at the provincial level but the researcher would like this info by city.


The following 2006 Census topic tabulation may be of interest to your client. It includes data for Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA) and Census Agglomerations (CAs). A similar table with data for Census Subdivisions may be available as a semi-custom product for a fee. If this is of interest to your client, we would be pleased to refer you to an Account Executive who could confirm what type of table could be produced and at what cost.

Labour Force Activity (8), Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree (14), Aboriginal Identity (8), Age Groups (12A) and Sex (3) for the Population 15 Years and Over of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data  (97-559-XCB2006019),97154&S=0&SHOWALL=0&SUB=731&Temporal=2006&THEME=74&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=&D1=0&D2=0&D3=0&D4=0&D5=0&D6=0

Other education related tables are available with the 2006 Census topic based tabulations on Aboriginal peoples:

A Beyond 20/20 version of the data in the 2006 Aboriginal Population Profile product is available on the DLI FTP site under  /Census-of-pop_Recens.-pop/2006/Profiles/aboriginal-population-profile_ivt_only/ and may be convenient if your user needs these profiles for numerous communities.



A student is looking for a survey that asks people if they have had the flu in the past X period of time. He is looking at factors that impact getting the flu (age, illness, pregnancy etc). We looked at the Canadian Community Health Survey, but this survey only asks about getting the flu shot, rather than having the actual flu. Does anyone know if there is a survey that has this as a variable?


You may find some useful data / information on the Public Health Agency of Canada ( Surveillance web site located at under the FLUWatch program Specifically you should have a look at the Weekly reports they provided some very detailed information and statistical data.

Finall, as noted, cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) have included questions on flu shots. The General Social Survey (GSS) cycle 6 1991 also had questions related to flu vaccination. Data on the impact of H1N1 and seasonal flu on hours worked were collected by the Labour Force Survey (LFS).  The related February 12, 2010 Daily release included statistics and the following note describing the data that were collected at the time: "(...) Note: The Public Health Agency of Canada commissioned Statistics Canada to assess the impact of the H1N1 and seasonal flu on hours worked, using the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Data for this release were derived from four special questions added to January's LFS to estimate the impact of the H1N1 and seasonal flu on hours worked for the entire month of December. These were: how many people lost work time; how many hours they lost; the number of people who worked overtime or extra hours; and the amount of extra time they put in. The responses provided some measurement of the overall economic impact of the H1N1 and seasonal flu.

 Work absence due to the H1N1 or seasonal flu includes the respondent's own flu-related illness or that of their immediate family members, as well as any flu-related medical appointments. The LFS usually only collects absence data related to illness in general (namely, there are no specific questions about flu illness) for the survey reference week. As a result, direct comparisons cannot be made between these special questions and data collected from previous LFS monthly releases. (...)"   ( There are two other related Daily releases: January 15, 2010 ( and March 19, 2010 ( The data that were collected on this topic are not included in the LFS public use microdata files (PUMFs) the DLI receives but we could obtain more information about these data if your client has specific questions.

The Canadian Institute for Health information (CIHI) may also have health system information on influenza as may other organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as Gilbert suggested.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Time of Day & Crimes


Does anyone know where to find statistics showing the time-of-day crimes occur?


As a start, the following is a link to information about youth crimes and time of day that may be of use to you, depending on the age group of interest:

Friday, January 13, 2012

English Comprehension in School Age Children


Does anyone know of a source for stats on the level of English comprehension by school age children?


The following Statistics Canada publications may be of interest to your client:

Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (81-582-XWE)

Abstract: "The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) draws from a wide variety of data sources to provide information on the school-age population, elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, transitions, and labour market outcomes. PCEIP products include tables and charts, fact sheets, reports and a methodological handbook. They present indicators for all of Canada, the provinces, the territories, as well as selected international comparisons and comparisons over time. The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) is an ongoing initiative of the Canadian Education Statistics Council, a partnership between Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, that provides a set of statistical measures on education systems in Canada." (

The Performance of Canada's Youth in Reading, Mathematics and Science. PISA 2009 First Results for Canadians Aged 15  in Measuring Up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study. (81-590-XWE2010001)

Abstract: "This report provides the first pan-Canadian results of the PISA 2009 assessment of reading, mathematics and science by presenting the national and provincial results in order to complement the information presented in the PISA 2009 International report. Results are compared to other participating countries and across Canadian provinces. Chapter 1 provides information on the performance of Canadian 15-year-old students on the PISA 2009 assessment in reading. Chapter 2 presents results on the performance of Canada and the provinces in the minor domains of mathematics and science. Finally, the major findings and opportunities for further study are discussed in the conclusion." (

From Home to School - How Canadian Children Cope (89F0117XIE)

Abstract: "This report outlines some initial results from the School Component of the first and second cycles of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY). It examines the longitudinal influence of Early Childhood Care and Education and literacy activities on young children's future academic and cognitive outcomes. This overview highlights the information newly available from this component of the survey; it is not comprehensive in its coverage or its analysis. Indeed, the information collected by the NLSCY is so rich and detailed that researchers and analysts will be using it to address a variety of important questions concerning the education of children and youth in Canada for many years to come. Here then, we are merely scratching the surface to stimulate awareness of this rich new data source, and to illustrate the kinds of analyses it makes possible." (

Canadian Nine-year-olds at School (89-599-MWE2009006)

Abstract: "This study used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) to provide a picture of Canadian 9-year-old children at the transition between the primary grades and the junior grades in school. The children varied widely in their academic achievement, and some of these variations were linked to their gender, their family income level, and their province of residence. Marked differences were also found in the education environments of children, linked most consistently to family income levels. These education environments were not linked to academic success as measured by mathematics achievement at school. Academic achievement at age 9 was significantly related to school readiness four years earlier." (

Readiness to Learn at School Among Five-year-old Children in Canada (89-599-MWE2006004)

Abstract: "This report provides an overview of Canadian children as they enter school as 5-year-olds. It looks at the collection of abilities, behaviours and attitudes that they bring with them, attributes that are important for early school achievement. The report shows that children vary on some dimensions of readiness to learn at school, according to their family characteristics, their background and their home environment and experiences. It also shows that some of the differences in readiness to learn may already be evident two years earlier, when the children were 3 years old. Finally, the report indicates factors in the home environment that may contribute to differences among different economic groups. The report adds to what we know about readiness to learn. It provides information that may be useful for policy analysts, teachers, researchers, and parents themselves as they work toward maximizing the potential of preschool children everywhere." (

Scrap Metal Exports


I have a patron who is looking for data on scrap metal and rubber exports by volume and value. In CANSIM, there is Table 228-0003 Merchandise imports and exports, by major groups and principal trading areas for all countries, annual (dollars), but it includes scrap metal with other ores and concentrates (I didn't see anything on scrap rubber).


The Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database ( provides export data by commodity (quantity and value) down to the Harmonized System (HS) 6 level.  Your client can use the tool look up specific HS codes if he/she knows them or use keywords to locate commodities and related data.  I tried a few searches with terms like scrap rubber and came up with some results. (I am not sure if these are the specific commodities that interest your client however so the user may wish to have a look at the commodities available there as well.)

The Canadian Export Classification publication (65-209-XWE, provides a more detailed description of the structure of the HS classification and may be helpful. Chapter 40 is on " Rubber and articles thereofIf"  and rubber products are mentioned in other sections as well.

If your client needs data for more detailed HS codes, the DLI collection includes a file with export data including quantity and value down to the HS8 level. It is available at and on the DLI FTP site. Please note that your client would need a statistical analysis application to work with the file (SPSS for example).

North American Industry Classification System 2012


This is to inform you of the release of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Canada 2012.

NAICS Canada 2012 replaces NAICS Canada 2007.

The 2012 version will be implemented in 2013 to coincide with the integration of Statistics Canada's business surveys into a generalized operational model. The NAICS changes for 2012 were made to account for the changing economies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. They represent a minor revision and all occur at the lower levels of the classification. Various kinds of changes are brought into NAICS for 2012. Among the most notable changes are changes relating to outsourcing of manufacturing production, video game publishers and developers, book publishing exclusive agents, and crafts.

Concordance tables relating NAICS 2012 and NAICS 2007 are also available.

For more information, please contact Standards Division at

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Updated Products - Labour Force Survey


Labour Force Survey (LFS) Dec 2011


FTP:  /dli/DLI-Collection_Other-Products/Labour Force Survey -lfs/1976-2011/data/

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Updated Products - GSS cycle 24

Good afternoon!

The following product is now available:

General Social Survey (GSS), Cycle 24 : Time-Stress and Well-Being, 2010

Cycle 24: The two primary objectives of the General Social Survey (GSS) are: to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well being of Canadians over time; and to provide information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest.

This survey monitors changes in time use, including time-stress and well-being.


Updated Products - UCASS


Please note the updated products listed below:
University and College Academic Staff System (UCASS)

2009-2010 data are now available for the following tables:

Faculty counts by Province and institution, 1970-1971 to 2009-2010

Faculty count and salary statistics by Institution, Medical or Dental Appointment Category and by Rank,
2000-2001 to 2009-2010

Full-Time University Teachers - Includes multiple tables

Table 1.1 - Number of Full-Time University Teachers by Rank, Sex and Region, 1970-1971 to 2009-2010

Table 1.2 - Number of Full-Time University Teachers by Rank, Sex and Province, 1970-1991 to 2009-2010

Table 2   - Number of Full-Time University Teachers by Region, Field, Highest Earned Degree, Staff Functions, Median Age, Rank and
            Sex, 1970-1971 to 2009-2010

Table 3   - Median Age of Full-Time University Teachers by Region, Field, Highest Earned Degree, Staff Functions, Rank and
            Sex, 1970-1991 to 2009-2010

Table 4   - Median Salary of Full-Time University Teachers by Region, Field, Highest Earned Degree, Staff Functions, Rank and
            Sex, 1970-1991 to 2009-2010

Table 5   - Number reporting salary and Median Salaries of Full-Time University Teachers by age, Sex and
            Field, Canada, 1970-1971 to 2009-2010