Thursday, January 29, 2015

Updated Products: Rebased LFS PUMFs

Labour Force Survey (LFS) – Rebased files now available.

Following the release of final population estimates from each census, a standard revision is applied to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates. The rebased PUMF files are now available and extend back to January 2001 (starting with

Available on the EFT

/MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/Labour Force Survey - lfs/1976-2013/data

LFS Revisions 2011 Census Data


In December, STC announced pending standard revisions to the LFS estimates based on 2011 census data, back to through to 2001 LFS products (Reference: it was mentioned in The Daily here <http://www.statcan>, and this week, STC released a revisions document here <>.) All the announcements state that rebased estimates are making their way into CANSIM this January and early February. Is there a timeline for release for rebased LFS microdata?


We have received the files, but there seems to be some issues with them. I have contacted Labour Force for clarification and once I receive that, I will then version them onto the EFT site. These will likely be ready by the end of the week.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RELEASE: Sampling and Weighing Technical Report

JANUARY 28, 2015 RELEASE: Sampling and Weighting Technical Report, National Household Survey, 2011

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m. (Ottawa time), sees the official release, via the Internet, of the Sampling and Weighting Technical Report, National Household Survey, 2011 (99-002-X) in HTML and PDF formats. This report will present the methods of sampling and weighting used in the 2011 National Household Survey as well as their effect on the results.

The report can be accessed through a variety of gateways. Users can enter through The Daily via the 'New products and studies' link or through the Statistics Canada website home page, click the '2011 National Household Survey (NHS)' link in the right-hand navigation bar and enter through 'NHS news.' The report is also stored permanently under 'Reference products' – click 'Additional reference products' then 'Technical reports.'

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marriage Instability Among Interracial Couples

I’m helping a researcher looking at marriage instability and divorce among interracial couples in Canada, including Aboriginal peoples. is there a survey that includes questions related to interracial conjugal status?The GSS comes close, but when I filter by marital status = separated or divorced, all the results go to 0 since the questions about characteristics of the partner/spouse refer to a current one.


I have not been able to identify a specific survey that would meet your request. I have noted the two following sources:

1.) Vital Statistics - Divorce Database

This is an administrative survey that collects demographic information annually from the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings (CRDP) at the Department of Justice Canada on all completed divorce proceedings in Canada. The data are used to calculate basic indicators (such as counts and rates) on divorces occurring in Canada. Information from this database is also used in the calculation of statistics, such as duration-specific divorce rates.

Detailed information for 2008; Data release - July 13, 2011 (2008 is the last year for which these data were collected.)

CASIM tables related: <>

2.) General Social Survey - Family (GSS)

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 the changes in the structure of families with respect to marriages, common-law unions, children and fertility intentions.

Detailed information for 2011 (Cycle 25); Data release - July 18, 2012

Of potential interest is the article "Parenting and Child Support After Separation or Divorce," part of the publication Spotlight on Canadians: Results from the General Social Survey (Catalogue number89-652-X)

< X2014001&ObjType=46&lang= en&limit=0 >

There is also a PUMF and a custom request may also be an option.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Labour Data


One of our Profs is looking for labour force industry data for 19 small Ontario communities (listed below) for the period from 1951 to 1976. She used Census Analyzer to find data for 1981 to present.

- Atikokan
- Black River-Matheson
- Cobalt
- Dubreuilville
- Ear Falls
- Elliot Lake
- Espanola
- Gauthier
- Ignace
- Kirkland Lake
- Larder Lake
- Manitouwadge
- Marathon
- Matachewan
- McGarry
- Pickle Lake
- Temagami
- Timmins
- Michipicoten

I’ve checked Census and LFS but can’t find much for the geography she is asking for.


LFS would not have this data at the level of Geography required. I also consulted Census who advised that there is not much material from 1951 to 1976 for the small communities listed below. The older publications did have basic tables for cities with a population of 10,000 plus. However, the only CSD that would have fallen in this range is Timmins. I did find some publications with Timmins in 1951.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ICO Q4 2014


Is the ICO available to the public for free (from non-DLI sources) or does it have to be purchased? When I went to the order form, I didn't see a price for it but neither did I see anything indicating it is free. 


Yes, the open licence agreement applies and yes it is now free per the Statistics Canada policy.

As the CD is no longer available, should external clients wish to obtain the ICO information, please ask them to email the external email address and they will arrange for their permissions to the Statistics Canada ICO EFT {Electronic file transfer} service.

Udated Products - ICO Q4 2014

Please note the products listed below and the path to access them via the DLI EFT.

Inter-corporate ownership (ICO) – Q4 2014

This product is a directory of corporate ownership in Canada that provides information on every individual corporation that is part of a group of commonly controlled corporations with combined assets exceeding $600 million or combined revenue exceeding $200 million. Individual corporations with debt obligations or equity owing to non-residents exceeding a net book value of $1 million are covered as well.

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 information 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. Entries for each corporation provide both the country of control and the country of residence.

/MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/Inter-corporate ownership – ico

Announcement in The Daily — Inter-corporate ownership, fourth quarter 2014 <http://www.>

Coffee Consumption in Canada


I have a researcher looking for any data or statistics on coffee consumption behaviour in Canada. Specifically it would be most helpful if he could break it down by urban vs. rural populations. Does anyone know of a survey that specifically includes coffee consumption in Canada? Or would I have to move from Stats Can into business/market research?


In the past it required moving into business/market research. 

I have, however, found, reference to the following study from the Canadian Community of Health Survey:

"Among people 50 and older, coffee was the most common beverage choice after water. About three-quarters of men and women drink coffee on any given day. As a result, more than 20% of men and 15% of women aged 31 to 70 exceeded the recommended maximum of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day."

For more information, see the entry here: <>

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Industrial Water Survey


I have a researcher who is interested in the “Industrial Water Survey”. His question is as follows:

“I'm looking for data from the Industrial Water Use Survey, and I need data at a sub-sector level, and by province. You'll notice here it has two tables < ObjType =ARRAY>:

153-0074 Water acquisition costs in manufacturing industries, by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) <>

153-0075 Water acquisition costs in manufacturing industries, by provinces, territories and drainage regions <>

But I'm looking for these combined - by province AND by industry classification. Since there are both tables obviously the data exists - but I'm not quite sure how to get at it. I tried using Beyond 2020, but I think it just allows me to move around tables, not combine them, is that right?“

Would it be possible to get a table that combines both Province and Industry classification?


The subject matter  responded that:

Unfortunately the Industrial Water survey is not designed to produce estimates at the level of detail requested by the researcher (water costs by province by NAICS). There are numerous implications if one were to try to produce the requested estimates: the quality of the estimates would be further degraded as one drilled down into the data; more data cells would be suppressed by confidentiality; and the cost to run our systems to produce the data for each reference year would be high – and in the end there is a strong likelihood that we would not be able to release much (if any) of the data.

We do have CDER, which operates on a cost-recovery basis where academics can come and work on research projects using micro-data. However, there is a vetting procedure and it is not intended for simple cost recovery tabulations.

For more information on CDER, you may refer your researcher to their website: <>

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Freelance Fees and Expenditures by Canadian Periodicals


I have a researcher here at UTM who is looking for recent numbers on “freelance expenditures by Canadian periodicals”. In 2005, this researcher was able to get solid data from this Stat Can table which has “Freelance Fees” indicated. <>. Today, the same researcher is struggling to get more up-to-date data. At the top, there is a link to a “View the most recent version” which takes the researcher to this table: <> however, neither of us could see “freelance fees” listed in the published tables. I tried some other Stat Can resources without success. Would this data still be available from Stat Can or perhaps another source?


The Subject Matter explained that the freelancer question was part of the employment section of the 2003-2004 questionnaire. Starting in 2005, this question was replaced by a question on the number of contracts workers (including freelancers and casual work). At the same time, we stopped publishing any data on employment.

In the expenses section, we have a question on subcontract expenses (including contract labour, custom work, contract printing and freelancers fees). This data include more than only the freelancers fees but if the client is interested in this value it is published on CANSIM table 361-0031 for reference year 2009 to 2011. It’s published as a percent of the total expenses. If the client would like to have the dollar value of the subcontract expenses, I can provide him a cost estimate. I will need to know if he needs the data at the national or provincial level and for which provinces and then verify if we can provide the data at the level requested.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Immigration and Ethnic Origin Data on Haitians in Quebec


A researcher is looking for data on the Haitian population in Quebec for the period going from 1970 to 1990 as well as immigration data from 1960 to 1990.

I was able to obtain ethnic origin data from the 1986 and 1991 censuses as well as statistics for the population by “place of birth Haiti” from the 1981, 1986 and 1991 censuses. Unfortunately the ethnic origin data from the 1971 and 1981 censuses do not provide a number specific to Haitian people although the information must have been recorded. Would it be possible to obtain:
1) number of people in Quebec that declared Haiti as their ethnic origin for those two censuses;

2) the number of people in Quebec who declared Haiti as their place of birth for the 1971 census;

We would also like to obtain historical immigration data from Haiti to Quebec from 1960 to 1990. The data are available from Immigration Statistics ( back to 1973, but not before that. Would it be possible to obtain a table that would provide the complete time series from 1960 to 1990?


We were able to send 2 attachments to the researcher:

1st attachment - Immigrant Population by Place of Birth and Sex, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, 1981 and 1986 Censuses – 20% Sample 
-The Nation Series – 1986 Census – catalogue / 93-109

2nd attachment - Population by Ethnic Origin and Sex, for Canada and Provinces, 1981 
-92-911-Volume 1 (Nation Series) – There are also important notes regarding 1981 in this attachment for them to view

For 1971, I’m not finding a larger breakdown of Places of Birth or Ethnic Origin. I’ll keep looking and get back to you but I suspect this one may need to be a custom request.

For immigration (use the drop down to get provincial counts)


In regards to yearly immigration data, we do have the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB), however, activity on this program started only in 1980. There is also the Longitudinal Administrative Databank (LAD), however, activity on this program started in 1982. Variables have been harmonized where possible and individuals can be linked year to year starting with the 1982 data.

Archived Geography


It seems the entire geography section of the archived 2001 census website has been removed; any ideas why? Telling users that: "the latest information relating to the census standard geographic areas can be found in the current geography section of the census website" does little good when they want 2001 CT maps, for example. I know we have access to the maps through the DLI, but we're not always available when users want things.


Please note that the web pages relating to the 2001 and 2006 Census have recently been archived. The decision was made to transfer the 2001 maps to the most recent Internet pages, where feasible. These pages currently contain 2011, 2006 and 2001 maps: <>

Most 2001 reference maps are available on this web page, with a few exceptions. Where it was not feasible to transfer the maps to the new web pages, users who wish to acquire 2001 maps which already exist, but are no longer available via the Statistics Canada website, should contact Statistics Canada’s Infostats help line and the Regional Office will provide the User with a copy of the map, free of charge.

Off-reserve Aboriginal People in SLID


1.) I'm looking for information regarding poverty and low incomes amongst the Aboriginal population.

2.) Is there a variable for "Off-reserve Aboriginal people" in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics Master Files which can be accessed at our RDC?


1.) In regards to information on poverty and low incomes in Aboriginal populations, the author division recommended:

"The Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) could extract Low-income cut-offs for Aboriginals off-reserve.<>
The National Household Survey (NHS) could also be another option. <>. "

2.) The RDC division explained that:
"There are many variables in the SLID that can be used to identify “low income”: types of variables including LICO, LIM and MBM. Examples of these variables are:

(1) licofa27: After tax - Flag to indicate whether the family's income is below the low income cut-off (LICO) for the reference year (1992 base).

(2) limfa27: After tax - Flag to indicate whether the family's income is below the low income measure (LIM) for the reference year. This variable is no longer available as of RY2008. It is therefore set to "Not Applicable" for all respondents. With the release of data for 2010, while there was a revision of the weights and the household-level LIM variables, this variable was not revised for 2006 and 2007.

(3) mbmp27: Market Basket Measure threshold (2000 base) for the family in the reference year. It is the cost of the market basket for the family adjusted for the family composition. The formula to calculate this variable is (MBM for a family of 2 adults and 2 children/ 2)* EQ2SC Available between reference year 2000 and 2007 only. For other years, it is set to "Not Applicable" for all respondents.

There are three variables that identify persons as off-reserve aboriginal:

- a person reported he or she is a member of the Aboriginal target group for Employment Equity purposes;
- a person reported having an Aboriginal background; or
- a person reported himself or herself as a Treaty Indian or Registered Indian as defined by the Indian Act of Canada.

The variables are the following:

- abortg15: Flag to indicate whether person is a member of the Aboriginal target group for Employment Equity purposes.
- eoabor15: Flag to indicate whether person reported an aboriginal background.
- regind15: Flag to indicate if a person is a Treaty Indian or Registered Indian as defined by the Indian Act of Canada.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Updated Products - Canadian Health Measures Survey

Please note the updated products listed below and the path to access them via the EFT site.

Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) documentation is now available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). - version 2

The CHMS is conducted by Statistics Canada in partnership with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The survey collects health information through self-reported questionnaires as well as direct physical measures. This information helps to
evaluate the extent of health problems associated with major health concerns, such as chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes and cardiovascular disease), infectious diseases, lifestyle characteristics (e.g., physical activity and nutritional status) and environmental
exposure. The survey also provides a platform to explore emerging public health issues and new measurement technologies.

EFT: /MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/Canadian Health Measures Survey - chms-v2



Does the LFS 2013/2014 use the NOC-S 2001? I don’t think it is possible, but with the LFS, can (G51) "Occupations in Food and Beverage Service" be separated into full-service and fast food with a custom tabulation?


I consulted the Guide to the Labour Force Survey <> and Section 3: Dictionary of concepts and definitions states:

"Occupation: Refers to the kind of work persons were doing during the reference week, as determined by the kind of work reported and the description of the most important duties. For those not currently employed, information on occupation is collected for the most recent job held within the previous year. Occupational classification is based on the 2006 National Occupational Classification for Statistics (NOC-S)."

I confirmed with subject matter that – it can be cross tabulated by the following NAICS:

7221-Full-Service Restaurants
7222-Limited-Service Eating Places
7223-Special Food Serv.
7224-Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)

Updated Products - Labour Force Survey (LFS) Dec 2014

Labour Force Survey (LFS) – December 2014

LFS data for December 2014 are now available on the EFT site.

The Labour Force Survey estimates are based on a sample, and are therefore subject to sampling variability. Estimates for smaller geographic areas, industries, occupations or cross tabulations will have more variability. For an explanation of sampling variability of estimates, and how to use standard errors to assess this variability, consult the Data Quality section in the Guide to the Labour Force Survey.

The LFS guide: <>

Eft: /MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/Labour Force Survey - lfs/1976-2013/data/

New ICS study

Employer pension plans and the wealth of Canadian families

by Derek Messacar and René Morissette, Social Analysis and Modelling Division (SAMD)

Insights on Canadian Society

This study compares the wealth holdings of family units covered by workplace pension plans with those of other family units. It focuses on families and unattached individuals who had no significant business equity and whose major income recipient was aged 30 to 54 and employed as a paid worker. The paper also examines whether wealth differences observed between families with registered pension plan (RPP) assets and other families persist when key sociodemographic differences between the two populations are taken into account.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PUMF Release Dates: CCHS and GSS cycle 27


Annual 2014 and two year 2013-2014 CCHS data are scheduled for release June, 2015 <>. I am presuming that a PUMF will be available. Do we have a release date for that?

Also, is there any PUMF release information for the GSS cycle 27 (2013), which includes social identity and giving, volunteering, and participating <>?

The tentative date for the GSS is June 30th 2015. In regards to the release of the Annual 2014 and two year 2013-2014 CCHS the subject matter confirmed that the PUMF files are usually released in the fall, following the release of the Master and Share files released in June.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Updated Products: NGS 2013 (Class of 2009-2010)

National Graduates Survey (NGS)

This survey was designed to determine such factors as: the extent to which graduates of postsecondary programs had been successful in obtaining employment since graduation; the relationship between the graduates' programs of study and the employment subsequently obtained; the graduates' job and career satisfaction; the rates of under-employment and unemployment; the type of employment obtained related to career expectations and qualification requirements; and the influence of postsecondary education on occupational achievement.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 5012 < imdb_internal/>

EFT: /MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/National graduates survey -ngs/2013

Updated Products: RTSS 2013

Residential Telephone Service Survey (RTSS)

The Residential Telephone Service Survey (RTSS) has been conducted since the fall of 1996. The RTSS monitors residential phone penetration rates. Initially, the survey was sponsored by Bell Canada to assess reasons why certain households did not have telephone service. Later, with the increased popularity of cellular phones, the focus of the survey switched to the types of telephone service used by households. Survey results will be used by statisticians to calculate chances of reaching households by telephone.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 4426 <http://www23.statcan.gc. ca/imdb_internal/>

EFT: /MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/Residential Telephone Service Survey - rtss/2013

Long-form Census - OCUL information pages

If you consider the restoration of the long-form census to be necessary to provide reliable data for research and planning purposes, please see the pages available on the Ontario Council of University Libraries web site – a link to a form supporting the current private member’s bill is available there.

The OCUL information pages about the Long-form Census have been posted on the OCUL website. There is a news item on the home page here: <>. The direct link to the news item is: <>.

AIDS/HIV Stats for Haitian Population in Quebec


A researcher has asked me to help him find historical statistics for the number of people of Haitian origin infected with HIV for the 1980 to 1990 period. I am fully aware that these numbers may not exist for that time period but would like to verify that assumption.

The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Reports from the Public Health Agency seems to be the main source of statistics. In the 2012 report < /survreport/2012/dec/index-eng.php>, under the race/ethnicity distribution, I found a statement to the effect that “HIV reporting in Canada has included a race/ethnicity component since 1998” which would imply that there is such data for the 1980’s. In the absence of data by ethnicity, would it possible to obtain the total number of cases for Quebec annually for the 1980 to 1990 period? Unfortunately, the older editions of the Surveillance Reports are not online.

I’ve also checked at the provincial level and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec mentions that its epidemiologic data gathering started in 2002, so no luck there either.


I confirmed with subject matter that we do not collect this information and as you already noted that inquiries should be directed to PHAC.

I did find the following reference on their site of potential interest:

Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Reports <>

Monday, January 12, 2015

Foreign Trained Nurses


I have a researcher who is looking for data on foreign trained nurses and an age profile of the nursing staff members at various provinces.


Perhaps the Registered Nurses Survey would be of interest.

This service provides custom tabulations of variables collected on registered nurses including age and sex, basic and post-basic nursing education, year and province of graduation, post-basic education in other than nursing, employment status, full-time/part-time status, hours worked per week, location of employment, location of residence, type of employer, primary area of responsibility and position of employment.


As of the 1996 data year, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) assumed the data collection and dissemination responsibilities for the Registered Nurses Survey. Statistics Canada, however, maintains and disseminates historical data from this survey.

For historical data up to 1995, see: <>

Homelessness Count


I have been searching the StatCan website regarding counting the homeless during the census. I know it took place some years ago (1996? 2001?), maybe even more than once.

Where has this information gone and do any of you have the methodological guide, form and any data? Also, any information as to when this count was taken?


Statistics Canada does not collect monthly or annual data on the number of homeless persons in Canada.

Residents of shelters are enumerated during the census, which occurs every 5 years. (Shelters include shelters for abused women and children, shelters for persons lacking a fixed address, and other shelters and lodging and rooming with assistance services).

Statistics Canada has information on the number of people living in shelters during the census and the residential facilities (shelters) for female victims of domestic violence

Some resources include
-Selected Collective Dwelling and Population Characteristics (52) and Type of Collective Dwelling (17) for the Population in Collective Dwellings of Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2011 Census < &GK=0&GRP=1&PID=102239&PRID=0&PTYPE=101955&S=0&SHOWALL=0&SUB=0&Temporal=2011&THEME=91&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF>.

-Shelters for abused women in Canada, 2012 <>(Note: Shelters include shelters for abused women and children, shelters for persons lacking a fixed address, and other shelters and lodging and rooming with assistance services)

There's also:

-(synoposis) <>


Perhaps would be worth digitizing through Statistics Canada Library’s digitization project? I couldn’t find this in the Library catalogue, perhaps my search strategy is wrong?

I have followed up with the library who was able to supply the attached documents and the Library Director has approved it for outside distribution, although she wanted to stress that these were not necessarily the final records on the subject, and that there might be more available through ATIP.

I have also requested support from Census in regards to providing a contact for analyst who would be able to provide more information; however, I have yet to hear back.

Census and AgCensus Land Area


How was or how is land area determined for the Census and Agcensus files?


Here is a description as to how land area is calculated for standard geographic areas.

The Census of Agriculture (CAR) Regions boundary file doesn’t have land area as an attribute; although CARs are composed of groups of adjacent Census divisions except for Saskatchewan. See note below:

Census agricultural region
Census agricultural regions (CARs) are composed of groups of adjacent census divisions.

In Saskatchewan, census agricultural regions are made up of groups of adjacent census consolidated subdivisions, but these groups do not necessarily respect census division boundaries.

Census consolidated subdivision
A census consolidated subdivision (CCS) is a group of adjacent census subdivisions. Generally, the smaller, more densely-populated census subdivisions (towns, villages, etc.) are combined with the surrounding, larger, more rural census subdivision, in order to create a geographic level between the census subdivision and the census division.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2006 Census Illustrated Glossary


The link on this page to the 2006 Census Illustrated Glossary is not working: <>. Also there is no link to the 2006 Census Illustrated Glossary at <>. Are these still available?


The Subject Matter has confirmed that the 2006 (and 2001) Illustrated glossary has been pulled down. There were a lot of issues with it, and they decided at some point to add definitions that were no longer in the Glossary as of 2011 or 2006 (i.e., block, EA, NGB, UA, urban pop size group, urban core/urban fringe/rural fringe, locality), though these will just have links to their appropriate successor definition (i.e., DB, DA, SDI, POPCTR, core/fringe/rural area, place name), as is done with the Census Dictionary. This is currently in progress, and should be released in a couple of months.

All of the content from the 2006 Illustrated glossary can be found in the 2006 Census Dictionary, except the tutorials. The current tutorials were updated for 2011, but were not rewritten substantially from 2006 except for the urban area tutorial which obviously required a rewrite with the deletion of the urban area term and the creation of the population centre for the 2011 Census.

Any links that are currently pointing to the 2006 and 2001 illustrated glossary should now point to:<> ; French link: <>.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Response rates for 2011 National Household Survey

Question - Referring to older question "Response Rates in the 2011 National Household Survey and the 2006 Census"

1.) What is household non-response: I would have thought it to be 100 minus the survey response rate?

2.) If the global non-response combines both household non-response and item non-response, how can it be smaller than the survey non-response rate? Is this a function of the weighting done (and, if so, how was the weighting done)?"


1.) Response from Census: "Yes, that’s true. For the inscope population (dwellings occupied by people who should be counted) – the response rate is the percentage of those dwellings who respond, and the household non-response is (100 – the response rate).

It should be noted that we provided different values of the response rate – see the following:
<> and the important value for our purposes is the weighted response rate.

Our raw (unweighted) response rate was indeed 68.6%, but the weighted response rate (after sub-sampling and non-response follow up) was 77.2%. This leads to a non-response rate of 22.8%. The weighted one is the more important one. "

2.) Response from Census:

"The issue that seemed of primary confusion to the questioner would be how our response rate can be 68.6%, (which obviously implies a non-response rate of 31.4%) and how our GNR (which includes that 31.4% non-response + further item non-response) could be smaller, at 26.1%. It can’t, obviously. And it isn’t. He needs to compare weighted response rate to GNR. The survey non-response rate he’s referring is unweighted in his email.

The 68.6% is the unweighted response rate (or 31.4% unweighted non-response rate). The weighted response rate is 77.2% (or 22.8% weighted non-response rate). The GNR is weighted. This 22.8% is less than the GNR of 26.1%. Users should compare weighted response rates (or weighted non-response rates) to GNR.

Please note– the linked page, particularly the footnote, describes in very rough terms the weighting, in particular the impact of sub-sampling. <>

The footnote reads as follows:

Unweighted response rates are calculated from final data, following the completion of data processing and data quality verification. The final status of a dwelling as respondent, non-respondent, or out of scope for the National Household Survey (NHS) is done as part of data processing. The unweighted response rates are then calculated as the number of sampled private dwellings that returned a questionnaire divided by the number of sampled private dwellings classified as occupied by field staff.

Weighted response rates are based on final design weights of NHS. Dwellings that responded to the NHS prior to a fixed date in collection have their initial design weight based on the sampling fraction in their area. After this fixed date, in order to limit the non-response bias as much as possible with the available resources, the NHS focused collection operations on a subsample of remaining non respondents. Within this subsample, the design weights were increased to reflect this change. The weighted response rates are then calculated as the weighted number of sampled private dwellings that returned a questionnaire divided by the weighted number of sampled private dwellings classified as occupied by field staff."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Long-term Care Facilities Survey (LTCFS)


I have a researcher wondering about data from the 2012 LTCFS. I did find a Daily article dated April 10, 2014 which states: “Data from the Long-term Care Facilities Survey for 2011 and 2012 are now available” <>. But where are these available from?


Only custom tabulations at cost recovery is available for this survey.

The DLI Update Article entitled “I read it in the Daily...”, Fall 2000, Volume 4, issue 2, really helps clarify what it means by “data are now available”. It’s a really good read! It’s available on the DLI EFT site here: </MAD_DLI/Root/Reports_Rapports/update_dli-idd_bulletin>

It's also available on a publicly accessible site: <>

We also have the DLI Update in our catalogue.

DLI Collection Page Update

In addition to the inclusion of aggregated tables in the list of PUMFs (on the "All DLI products" page), the listing now includes census PUMFs and Geography files as well. (Previously, these were not included on the DLI webpage and had to be accessed via the EFT site).

Off-reserve Aboriginal People in SLID


A researcher found a table on “Low Income among Various Groups”, located at:<>. He is particularly interested in the “Off-reserve Aboriginal people” category. The source cited for this is the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, 2013.

I also came across: Murphy, Brian, Xuelin Shang and Claude Dionne. 2012.
Low income in Canada: a multi-line and multi-index perspective. Income Research Paper Series, No. 0001. Statistics Canada catalogue no. 75F0002M – no.001. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. <> page 38 out of 112 also confirms that SLID data is used to identify low income in off-reserve Aboriginals.

However, I have checked the documentation for the SLID PUMF, and could find other categories from this table, but not the “Off-reserve Aboriginal people”. Unfortunately, Statistics Canada Nesstar <> does not appear to include SLID for the Master Files.

Can anyone confirm that there is such a variable in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics Master Files which can be accessed at our RDC? Any other suggestions on where to find data regarding poverty or low income amongst the Aboriginal population would also be welcome. 


The Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division suggested looking at:

The Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) could extract Low-income cut-offs for Aboriginals off-reserve: < lang=en&db=imdb&adm=8&dis=2>

The National Household Survey (NHS) could also be another option: <http://www23.stat>

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WDS Launch

The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Beyond 20/20 Web Data Server (WDS) beta site <> as part of its overall web-dissemination effort. The WDS is a Web-based multidimensional table viewer that allows the dissemination of data over the Web in a variety of formats. It extends the functionality of the browser by allowing users to view and manipulate .ivt files over the Web without installing any client-side software. The content hosted on the WDS is the DLI’s aggregate collection, including census profiles and topic-based tabulations, geography files, and tables from numerous social surveys. The DLI team continues to move files into the WDS. Nesstar remains the DLI’s web data portal for access to microdata.

The launch of the WDS also introduces the restructured collection pages <http://www.stat> 
on the DLI’s website. Access to the DLI content on the website has been enhanced by the delivery of data services online to the DLI community. As a result, the DLI product pages have been retired.

Our goal remains to support you in your role as data librarians and your users with access to relevant and timely Canadian data resources.

Ethic Origin, Visible Minority Status and Labour Force Status


I would like confirmation of my notion that the most recent reliable source of comparable data that would contain variables relating to ethnic origin, visible minority status and labour force status is the 2006 census.

I know that the data from the NHS might be usable at the national or provincial levels (which is what the user wants), but that it wouldn't be comparable to earlier data from the census. I don't see that the LFS contains ethnicity or vismin variables, even in the master files. Have I missed anything?


I consulted a few subject matter divisions, and it doesn't appear that you have missed anything.

However, I had also considered SLID, and while the PUMF does not have the variable information you are looking for, the author division confirmed that the master file does.

The SLID microdata file does contain these variables as well as various labour-related variables. The client can consult the SLID Electronic Data Dictionary: <> for a complete list. The client would have to access the data through the Research Data Center or request a custom table on a cost-recovery basis.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Release of the Upcoming GSS files

Today marks the release of the 2013 General Social Survey on Social Identity.

All of the survey documentation and data have been saved here:

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The file is now ready to be staged in preparation for release to the RDCs.

Survey: <>

Daily: <>

Report: < =46&lang=en&limit=0>

Monday, January 5, 2015

Master Files vs. PUMFs


From what I've understood, even if a PUMF was not created, a masterfile is always typically available for social survey data. Are all master files accessible through an RDC? In other words, are there some master files that are not available through an RDC (and whose data
can only be accessed through customized tabulations)?


The RDC explained that: "Not all the master files are available through the Research Data Centre (RDC) program. The RDC program usually only houses social survey microdata
while the Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER) program typically houses business survey microdata.

Custom tabs can be acquired through the subject matter divisions or through Microdata Access Division’s Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) program for a fee.
For a list of RDC data sets, please visit the RDC data page: <>. For a list of RTRA data sets, please visit the RTRA data page: <>. For a list of CDER data sets, please visit the CDER data page: <>