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