Monday, June 19, 2017

Numbers of radios and televisions owned by Canadians

A researcher here is looking for data on the numbers of radio and television receivers owned in Canada, particularly during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. I found some figures in a UNESCO document for the 50s and 60s, but these are only national figures; he'd liked as much geographic detail as he can get. I know that the census lasted asked about television ownership in the 1971 census, and I think there must be some figures in early census years, but I wondered if anyone knew of a compilation of this kind of information. Thanks much in advance!

The following set of digitized publications from the Dominion Bureau of Statistics provides monthly sales and production statistics for radios broken down by type of radio and by province (except for the Maritimes/Atlantic Canada, which are clustered). It's not the same as the number of radios owned, but might be helpful.

Here is a link to the series record which runs from 1952-1979: 

Title: Radio and television receiving sets
Publication Type: Series
Language: Bilingual-[English | French]
Continues: Radio receiving sets ; Jan. 1949-v. 6, n. 12 (Dec. 1951).
Format: Electronic
NoteL Digitized edition from print [produced by Statistics Canada].
DateL [1952?]-1979.
Chronology: Vol. 7, no. 1 (Jan. 1952)-v. 33, no. 12 (Dec. 1978).