Thursday, January 31, 2013

Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health (CCHS) Release Date

Is it possible to have an indication of when data from the Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health survey will be released? The website states "Data will be released in 2013".


A PUMF is planned, but the exact date in 2014 has not yet been set.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy


Is there a PUMF or any other information available for the “Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy,” which was last released in 2010. I have a researcher looking for any data she can get on business innovation. There are a few tables on the Statcan, but is there anything else?


We typically only have access to aggregate data for Business Surveys. It is accessible through The Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER). CDER is located within Statistics Canada's Ottawa facilities on the 18th Floor of the R.H. Coats Building. Access to Statistics Canada's holdings of business microdata is available only at this facility. A prospective researcher must submit a project proposal to CDER following the process outlined in the CDER application process and guidelines. Only research-oriented projects can be undertaken at CDER. Alternative access to the data would be to request a custom tab from the subject matter divisions.

Longitudinal Worker File


I have a PhD student who is looking for the Longitudinal Worker File (LWF) microdata and wants to know what years might be available. From what I can find, the LWF is only available through StatCan as a paid custom product:

It is available through the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER)

To access: CDER is located within Statistics Canada's Ottawa facilities on the 18th Floor of the R.H. Coats Building. Access to Statistics Canada's holdings of business microdata is available only at this facility. A prospective researcher submits a project proposal to CDER following the process outlined in the CDER application process and guidelines. Only research-oriented projects can be undertaken at CDER. Individuals should contact the appropriate subject matter divisions at Statistics Canada to obtain custom tabulations. Applications are accepted year round. The approval of the projects will be based on peer reviews and on whether the project falls within the mandate of Statistics Canada. Alternative access would be a custom tab.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Census 2011


Will Census 2011 appear in Equinox or CHASS (SDA)?


All of the B20/20 files available from the DLI FTP site as two weeks ago were made available through Equinox last week: to see them all, browse the “Recently Added Files” link. Alternately, you may search for specific titles (e.g., 98-311-xcb2011011), or for series (e.g., topic & 2011), or find them by browsing the Census topic.

Geographic files are also available – for example, search for cartographic boundary & 2011

Monday, January 21, 2013

Survey of Federal Government Expenditures on Culture


I am looking for statistics from the Survey of Federal Government Expenditures on Culture going back to the 1980s. He has found the CANSIM tables that provide data back to 1998. However, this survey apparently originated in the 1970s, so I would presume that the data from the 1980s and 1990s must be available somewhere. (This survey does not appear in the DLI FTP repository at all).


I was unable to find digital data tables, however, searching Statistics Canada's library catalogue, I found the following: "Government expenditures on culture / Statistics Canada, Education, Culture and Tourism Division = DeƬpenses publiques au titre de la culture / Statistique Canada, Division de l'eƬducation, de la culture et du tourisme."

Call Number : 87-206-XPB
Publication Information: Ottawa : Statistics Canada = Statistique Canada, 1990- 1994.
Physical Description: 5 v. ; 28 cm.
Going back to 1988/89

Personal Income by Gender


A researcher is comparing the distribution of total personal income TOTINCP by gender and has found what he believes is an anomaly. For total personal income TOTINCP $150,000 or more, we find 0 women and 4,509 men, unweighted. Does this seem plausible?


This is not an anomaly at all – in 2001, female income (across Canada) and male income in the Maritimes (and territories?) was capped at $120,000. See There are the same counts in SDA@CHASS. However, if you look in the documentation: and search 'High and Low Income Limits', there are two limits related to incomes. For females (and some males) it is L1 $120,000. That means, the maximum value in the field TOTINCP for females in the pumf is 120,000 and the maximum for some groups of males: 200,000.

Digital Boundary Files for Census 1971


A geography student is hoping to access digital boundary files for the 1971 census (specifically, at the Census Tract level for the Montreal and Quebec CMAs).

The only leads we have found so far are at U of T:< 71/cc71geo.htm#spat>, but we don’t have access to those files here.

Is anything available via DLI that we have missed?


The earliest geography files (71, 76, 81) on the FTP site are only x,y coordinates (not coverages); and UofT has created coverages going back to 1971 for a few major (roughly 25) CMAs for these earliest files.

There are also files, orginally tranferred from magnetic tapes at UBC: <http://abacus.library>. Contact UBC for more information and access to those.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Intra-Provincial Investment Flows


Would it be possible to get a custom table of intra-provincial investment flows by broad sector, as well as the earliest date for which these investment flows are available. We were not able to find publicly available data on this.


We don’t have any detail on intra-provincial investment flows (interest and dividends). If the client wants intra-provincial trade flows (goods and services) we can could the Industry Accounts Division.

2010 Canadian Internet Use Survey PUMF


When will the release be for the 2010 Canadian Internet Use Survey PUMF?


The 2010 CIUS PUMF date of release in the Daily will be to April 19, 2013. At that time they will be releasing the Household PUMF file and the Individual PUMF file.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

County Business Patterns


Is there an American equivalent to the Canadian Business Patterns.


County Business Patterns for the US--see Is a comparable product. You can even get down to zip code levels.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Canadian Industry Trade Data


A researcher is looking for Canadian industry trade data at the HS-10 and HS-8 level for imports and exports, respectively. StatCan and IC resources are limited to the HS-6 level.

Normally, we could turn to CHASS's Trader Analyzer, but our university does not subscribe to this resource. Can anyone suggest a different resource we can turn to in order to get this level? I am more familiar with socio-economic data, so any help would be appreciated.


The DLI community had access to the Canadian International Trade Database (1988 – 2009), which charged clients 3$ per series and provided data by HS08/HS10. However, that database was terminated and replaced with the free version that provides clients data at the HS 6-digit level. In our collection, we received revised schedules up to 2011 for the database, the DLI has revised data schedules for reference period "1988 to 2009". More current data at the HS-10 and HS-8, would require a custom tabulation.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Parole Eligibility and Granting


I am attempting to find the average time span between parole eligibility and granting of parole (or statutory release as the case may be) for second degree murder cases as well as this same average as it pertains to Aboriginal persons. If this varies over the years I would appreciate the data for the last 10 if possible.


Unfortunately, we do not have any information related to the request. Perhaps Correctional Service of Canada would have more information. They even report on Aboriginal Corrections.

Graduation Rates in Canadian Universities


Is there a source of university completion/graduation rates “by” universities in Canada over the past 15 years approximately?

What I could find was:
- this includes university graduation rates by provinces (not by universities) in Canada, 1991 up to 2005 only (Table D.2.4 Graduation rates, by program level and jurisdiction of study, Canada and jurisdictions, 1991 to 2005, produced, June 2008)

Both AUCC and CAUT don’t seem to have this. Where can I find more information on these rates?


In fact that was the last installment of that particular table as the methodologies used to calculate “Graduation rate” is being revisited. So for now the table is no longer being updated. Sorry we do not have a timeline as to when it will reappear at this point.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Use of PCCF


I have a RDC researcher who would like to use a PCCF file to link data spatially, if allowable, from the National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth (NLSCY) with census data in order to obtain a variable for neighbourhood income. If allowable, would the request be at the RDC level of the researcher or the Analyst (who would be authorized to handle the file)?


Is the question about permission and availability or is it about feasibility? For feasibility, the entire proposal will have to be reviewed by subject matter following the usual process, to answer this question correctly.I would advise contacting the RDC Analyst for more information.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Aboriginal Youth Suicide


I'm looking for recent data on aboriginal youth suicide rates particularly for Saskatchewan. I can find a lot of material around the topic and some pretty old statistics, but would like to find more information. 


The Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database collects demographic and cause of death information annually from all provincial and territorial vital statistics registries on all deaths in Canada. I have contacted the Health Statistics Division to confirm if this information would be available as a custom tab.

Articles of interest

Premature mortality in health regions with high Aboriginal populations:
This article examines the rate of potential years of life lost--a measure used to quantify premature mortality in differing health regions. The rate was considerably higher in health regions with large proportions of Aboriginal residents, compared with other health regions. Much of this difference was attributed to injuries in the high-Aboriginal regions; notably, suicides and motor vehicle accidents.
Suicide rates: An overview

Monday, January 7, 2013

Remote Access to the NLSCY


Is remote access available for the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY)? I assume that the agreement for remote access would cover the conditions for the participation of Researchers outside of Canada?


The Author Division has confirmed that there are three ways to access data for NLSCY :

1) through the Research Data Centres (information about RDC is found at <http://www.stat>)

2) by requesting a custom tabulation at a rate of $70.26 per hour, or

3) using remote data access (you write the program, we run it against the master file and send you the table).You just need to email us.

Custom tabulations and remote data access are done on a cost recovery basis. The cost of a custom tabulation is based on the amount of time to run the table. Remote data access charge is $80 for 20 tables or less.

Job-related Outcomes


I have a graduate student looking for information on job-related outcomes - including things such as job satisfaction, job engagement, and job performance for Canada with no time period specifications. Any suggestions?


Perhaps of interest

Canadian Community Health Survey, mental health and well-being
Data from the 2002 Canadian Community Health Survey, which focused on mental health and well-being, show that just over 6% of workers were "not too satisfied," and 2% were "not at all satisfied."

Workplace and Employee Survey

Articles of Interest

Workplace and Employee Survey Compendium:

This issue, the third and final in the Workplace and Employee Survey Compendium series, is organized in four sections covering labour market dynamics, market environments, workplace performance, and compensation practices

Perspectives on Labour and Income - December 2007 - Work stress and job performance

Unhappy on the job

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

FIUC 2010/2011


When will 2010/2011 be available on the FTP site?


The June and October releases was for 2009-10 data. The 2010-11 release date has been scheduled for January 8th 2013, at which time we will inquire about getting it for the DLI collection.