Friday, March 29, 2019

Optional modules for CCHS 2017 and 2018

Can you advise which modules were optional in the CCHS 2017 and 2018? Are these reported consistently somewhere?

Please find attached the CCHS Content Selection. This document provides the different type of content (core, theme, optional and rapid response) selected over time by each provinces and territories.

 *Original e-mail included an attachment that is available upon request*

Location of shape files and DA information for past of Saskatchewan and NWT

I need to find a shape file for the northern part of Saskatchewan.  We are putting together a map of the Athabasca Watershed which goes into northern Saskatchewan and very southern part of NWT

Are these available through DLI along with the DA population.

I’ve received the following reply from subject matter:
“All our 2016 Census boundary files (including shapefiles) can be found here:

We have provinces and territories, which the client might be interested in or they can search on Open Maps (Federal Geospatial Platform):  Open Maps contains geography products from various Canadian government agencies, including Statistics Canada.”

Thursday, March 28, 2019

General inquiry re: digitization of StatCan publications

My UL recently came back from the COPPUL Director’s meeting, and said that they were told that all Statistics Canada publications had been digitized and are freely available online, and then indicated they would like me to discard our print and fiche collection accordingly. Based on [the] question about the 1971 Place Name Reference and the reply , however, I am guessing that this is not the whole story. I was planning on investigating the actual online coverage this summer anyway, but if anyone else has heard about this apparent development and has any additional information to share I would really appreciate it.

Please see below for an official statement from the Statistics Canada Library regarding the digitization project. I’ve attached a spreadsheet that includes all of their outstanding items, as well as an interesting article entitled “The Book Report” which discusses many of the same things.

Digitization Project Update:
I am pleased to announce that with the help of the Publishing and Depository Services Directorate (PDSD) at Public Services and Procurement Canada, all phases of the Digitization Project are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

The Library completed the scanning of its collection of print-only official Statistics Canada and Dominion Bureau of Statistics (DBS) publications in March 2018. Over the course of the 2018-19 fiscal year, these scanned files were transferred to PDSD for cataloguing, hosting, and dissemination. This month, PDSD completed the cataloguing of all of these files and they are now accessible through the Government of Canada Publications catalogue. In addition, by the end of March 2019, the associated catalogue records in the Statistics Canada Library’s online catalogue will also link through to the digitized versions. At that point, the digitization project will be considered complete.

Please note that the Statistics Canada Library has retained at least one copy of the original in print format for its repository.

Libraries interested in weeding their collection of print material from Statistics Canada and the DBS should be aware of the following:

  • Publications that were originally published in both print and digital format were not scanned since the digital copy already exists.
  • Due to frequent changes in publishing procedures over more than 100 years of publishing, it was not always clear if a publication should be in scope as an official publication. Other libraries may have print documents from Statistics Canada and the DBS that we consider to be “supplementary” rather than “official” publications and so these may not have been digitized.
  • Some publications in our collection predate the creation of the DBS but were also digitized if they were predecessors to a series that was taken over by the DBS.
  • This was a mass scanning effort of approximately 140,000 documents. Despite quality controls, the quality of scanned documents can differ.
  • It is possible that a document was missed during the scanning process or that it is missing from our print repository.
  • There are 107 documents that we were unable to digitize as they were last copies or too fragile. A list of these is attached. If any libraries have surplus copies of these items and are willing to donate them for scan and destroy purposes, please let us know.

If you come across any scans that are illegible or have missing pages or if you are aware of any missing items, please contact us. We will add missing items to the online collection as we become aware of them going forward.

I appreciate your cooperation in this effort and am delighted that this significant collection of more than one hundred years of historical Canadian statistics can now be accessed online by researchers anywhere in Canada and around the world. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Modernization Bulletin

The March 2019 issue of the Statistics Canada Modernization Bulletin is now available on the EFT. The bulletin aims to keep you up to date on the latest Statistics Canada initiatives and transformations.  

EFT: /MAD_DLI_IDD_DAM/Root/ModernizationBulletinModernisation

RTRA Extracts for SHS 2016

A few months ago, it was reported on this list that the U of Ottawa was doing RTRA extracts from SHS 2016, and would make the tables available to others.  Does anyone have any information on how this is going?

As I promised a few months ago, I am going to send the subject division cookies,  when they finally release a new SHS PUMF.

We have completed considerable work on the RTRA SHS extracts but we are understanding now why StatCan dropped these as it involves considerable custom programming for the sheer volume of expenditure &/or equipment classes.  It is important to us to document our work and perhaps share it back with StatCan.

Can you tell [us] what expenditure or equipment classes you need and any breakdowns by province, some CMAs or major household and dwelling variables?  We can research specifics and will get back to you on list with the follow-up details.

One additional point is that the latest SHS year in RTRA is 2015.  Will that suit your needs? 

We will also ask StatCan to verify if / when 2016 will be made available.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Survey of Hhld Spending PUMFs

Will there be PMNFs made for the SHS from 2012 to 2016?

Subject matter has simply responded saying that they are creating a PUMF for the SHS 2017 – I suspect this is meant to indicate that there are no plans to create one for 2012 to 2016.

Survey of Household Spending (SHS)

I am wondering if a recent version of the Survey of Household Spending (SHS) is available. I looked on the FTP server and the most recent data set is from 2009. But here it states there might be more current versions. 

The 2017 SHS PUMF is expected to be released in the Fall – this would be the most current version.

Follow-up Question:
Just to confirm, there will not be a 2016 PUMF?

Follow-up Answer:
Based on the answers I’ve received from subject matter, it appears as if the 2017 will be the only one they are producing.

Friday, March 22, 2019

GSS Cycle 31 (Family) 2017

When will the PUMF for the GSS Cycle 31 (Family) 2017 be released?

I think I remember seeing an email about it but couldn’t find it.

Then I checked your page for tentative release dates but it was not there.

We’ve received the following response from subject matter:

“For GSS Cycle 31 (Family), it is safe to say Winter 2020.

As for GSS Cycle 32 (Caregiving and Care Receiving), the release of the analytical file is planned for November 2019.  The PUMF for GSS 32 (Caregiving and Care Receiving) will not be ready till sometime in 2020; We don’t have a specific time frame at this time.

The researcher use the PUMF for the cycle 26 (2012 GSS on Caregiving and Care Receiving) in the interim, if they haven’t already.”

Thursday, March 21, 2019

University and College Academic Staff System (UCASS)

Does the UCASS statistics fall under the category of the Open Data Licence? It is't a PUMF. An alumna would like the data.

UCASS data does fall under Statistics Canada’s Open Licence.  Only Statistics Canada’s postal products do not fall under the Open Licence. 

Tabulation Requested for GDP $ for Ontario by NAICS Code and Firm Size

A researcher is looking for income-based GDP $ breakdown for NAICS code 541110 for firms under 20 employees compared to firms with 20 and more employees.  Ideally she would like this for Ontario, but if this isn’t possible, Canada will do.  Basic prices are fine. 

I can’t find this, which is way I think she will need a tabulation.  May we please request on something of a rush basis?

As an aside the researcher found that for 2017 and 2018 all registered law firms in Canada contributed 25,488.6 Million dollars to the Canadian economy (via IBISworld database I think).

I’ve received the following response:
“It is not possible to provide data for this request, at least not from Industry Accounts Division.
We only have information for NAICS 5411 and we don’t have any information on firm sizes.”

CHMS obesity data

I have a researcher who is looking for data from the CHMS on obesity.

They are hoping to have the data from this table for 2007 (this table only has data between 2009-2017)

Table  13-10-0373-01   Overweight and obesity based on measured body mass index, by age group and sex

We’ve received the following response from subject matter:
“In the table provided, you can look at footnote 2, it reads ‘’Data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey are collected over a two-year period from a sample of approximately 5,700 respondents. Cycle 1 data collected from March 2007 to February 2009. Cycle 2 data collected from August 2009 to December 2011. Data collected from January to December of the following year for subsequent cycles.”

Unfortunately we were restricted with the naming of the columns, therefore the 2009 column includes all of Cycle 1, which was collected from March 2007 to February 2009.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Does Nesstar's Master Files metadata fall under the Open Licence?

We're making some updates to address the Statistics Canada Open Licence and we've realized that we're not entirely sure if it covers the metadata for Master Files as available in Nesstar not.

Are Master File metadata covered by the Open Licence? Is there any content in Nesstar that Dal users would not be allowed to share with collaborators from outside the DLI community? We understand that PUMFs in Nesstar are covered by the Open Licence, and that access to Nesstar itself is restricted to the DLI community.

Master Files would be covered under the Open Licence.

“From the DLI Licence: the majority of our standard and custom products will be disseminated under the terms and conditions of the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement. (See: Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement).”

Zero-frequency codebooks would be included under this.

Unless there’s something in Nesstar that I’ve missed, I suspect it would all be covered. You are correct however regarding Nesstar itself being a DLI-use product only.

Monday, March 18, 2019

1971 Census Place Name Reference list[s]


Is there a digital version of 1971 Census Place Name Reference list[s]?

It does not appear to be in Internet Archive.
According to WorldCat only UofA has the print;

There is also the 1981

but 1971 is needed.

The StatCan library has volume 2, and we think we can track down volume 1 as well, however neither are digital versions. The only option would be to have them manually scanned. Before asking them to do this I just want to confirm if you’d like a scanned copy, and need both versions in their entirety? (or just a specific portion?)

I’ve placed both documents in the EFT. Please let me know when you’ve had a chance to grab them and I’ll remove the folder. Please also confirm if you require anything more than what is provided in the original document.

Number of Patents Issued by City

I have a student who is looking to find out what the patent density of Canadian cities is. Basically, he wants to know how many patents are issued within a city for the time period 2006 – 2016 (if possible).

Apparently, the European Patent Office collects international patent data and they have a database that was used by the University of Aalborg in Denmark to create patent data visualization.

The tricky thing about analyzing Canadian patent data is that a substantial number of Canadian inventors file first in the U.S. For example, in 2017, Canadian inventors filed 4,053 patent applications in Canada and 19,861 abroad, mostly in the U.S. So any analysis should probably include both US and CA patent applications filed by CA inventors. 

For Canadian city-level raw data, the best source is probably the European Patent Office’s PATSTAT database. PATSTAT contains bibliographical data relating to more than 100 million patent documents from leading industrialised and developing countries. It also includes the legal status data from more than 40 patent authorities contained in the EPO worldwide legal status database (INPADOC). It is used by many organizations and academics for patent analysis. Knowledge of SQL is required in order to retrieve data. Training materials are provided. PATSTAT is not free but it does offer a free one-month trial.

Using PATSTAT data, a team at the University of Aalborg in Denmark has created Global Patent Explorer, a patent data analysis and visualization tool that allows you to drill-down to the city level for numerous countries including Canada.

The CIPO publishes province-level data in its annual reports. See 2017-18, for example.

The WIPO’s IP country profile database is useful but does not have province- or city-level data.

The USPTO publishes a number of statistical reports including geographic origin (country, state and US metropolitan area). See . Unfortunately, these reports tend to be several years behind and only US metropolitan areas are available.

 This may also be of use:

StatsCanada: Joe Anonymous: The path to confidentiality / Jean Anonyme: le parcours vers la confidentialité

We wanted to share the following YouTube video that helps describe how we protect your information.

SPSD/M Version 27.0.1 / BD/MSPS version 27.0.1

A new version of SPSD/M has been uploaded to the EFT at: /MAD_SPSDM_BDMSPS_DAM/Root/27.0.1. Please use this version as a replacement for version 27.0.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Canadian Survey of Cyber Security

I have a researcher who is looking for data on cyber security incidents and measures in relation to the healthcare industry and is interested in anything that falls within NAICS industry sector 62.  We are aware of the Canadian Survey of Cyber Security and Cybercrime (CSoCC) and the data tables that correspond with it. The survey’s target population is private firms and the data tables only seem to provide data for the private sector. As the researchers are interested in healthcare which is mostly public how representative is the data provided? For example, please confirm that in terms of hospitals (NAICS 622) the data only addresses private clinics and not hospitals generally. If only private is there a general description of firms included for NAICS 621, 622, 623 and 624 that you can provide?

If the survey is not representative of healthcare institutions in Canada it would be helpful if you could suggest any alternative source of data pertaining to cyber security/ crime.

Subject matter offered the following response:
The target population for the Canadian Survey of Cyber Security and Cybercrime (CSoCC) consists of private firms in almost all industrial sectors in Canada.

While we cannot provide a general description of the firms, here is the link to NAICS 62 for the common description of the subsectors 621, 622, 623 and 624:

CSoCC is not a representative of healthcare institutions (i.e. public or non-profit organizations). 

The Uniform Crime Reporting Survey measures the incidence of crime in Canadian society and released data on criminal incidents reported to police

There are no other business surveys pertaining to cyber security and cybercrime.

Loss of Farmland to Urbanisation

A grad student would like to know if there has been any update to the research conducted by Nancy Hofmann, Giuseppe Filoso and Mike Schofield and published in The loss of dependable agricultural land in Canada ( Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin Catalogue no. 21-006-XIE Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 2005))

I did some research but was not able to find any update to this research or any equivalent measurement of farmland loss to urban areas.

Have I missed something?

Subject matter returned the following comments:

“I don’t believe there has been a follow-up article or other research by the agency to follow that one up.”

Follow-up Answer:
I’ve been given the following regarding this request:

The latest release on this topic was:

Question about Labour Force Survey 2016

I have a faculty member contacting me about the Labour Force Survey for 2016. The occupational variables for all the months in 2016 are blank. I double checked the data in Nesstar and none of the occupation variables include the year 2016 – they are all prior to 2015. The occupation variables return in the 2017 data. I was reading the documentation, and the occupation codes changed between 2015 and 2016, but I would still expect to find the new codes in 2016. Is this an error?

Subject matter returned the following comments:

No this isn’t an error. The occupational codes were removed from the LFS PUMF in 2016 during  product revision. The NOC groupings where changed in 2017 to better protect respondent confidentiality and mitigate the risk of disclosure.

During the reassessment phase in 2016, the classification was completely removed with no plans to reintroduce it. Which does in fact create a break in the series.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

2017 CCHS Data for 18-29 Age Group

I have researcher from a smoking cessation project looking for data from the 2017 CCHS covering a different age range than the standard products report. We know the PUMF is probably a year away. Would this require a custom tabulation?

1. young adult (18-29) current smoking prevalence (past 30-days) in Ontario

2. and how this rate compares with the national average (or even other provinces) for the same age group, young adult (18-29)

3. young adult (18-29) daily smoking prevalence in Ontario

4. young adult (18-29) occasional smoking prevalence in Ontario

We’ve received the following response from subject matter:
“We can run the numbers for the researcher, however, could you clarify with them if for the first estimate they would like the prevalence of current daily or occasional smokers or the prevalence of those who smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days?”

Follow-up Question:
I checked with the researcher, and here’s their reply:

For the first inquiry, primarily, I would like to know whether or not they have smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days.

However, I’d also be very interested to see the current smoking rate (daily + occasional), as well to compare the two data.

Looking at CCHS 2016 on ODESI, this would be question SMK_Q010 for the past 30 days, but also very interested in SMK_Q005, provided that these questions did not change for CCHS 2017.

Follow-up Answer:
Please see the following response from subject matter:

Here are the requested estimates:

Smoked cigarettes within the past 30 days, population aged 18 to 29, 2017

Estimate (%)
95% CI
(13.9, 18.9)
Canada (Excluding territories)
(17.7, 20.5)
By province
Newfoundland and Labrador
(20.7, 35.6)
Prince Edward Island
(10.2, 26.3)
Nova Scotia
(15.6, 29.3)
New Brunswick
(10.9, 25.7)
(20.1, 25.6)
(15.5, 28.5)
(19.6, 33.1)
(18.3, 25.3)
British Columbia
(12.1, 18.5)
† reference category
* significantly different from Ontario population (p-value < 0.05)
ᴱ use with caution (these data have a coefficient of variation between 15.1% and 35.0%)
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, 2017

Current daily or occasional smokers, population aged 18 to 29, 2017

Daily or occasional smokers
Daily smokers
Occasional smokers
Estimate (%)
95% CI
Estimate (%)
95% CI
Estimate (%)
95% CI
Canada (Excluding territories)
(17.7, 20.5)
(9.6, 11.8)
(7.4, 9.3)
(13.8, 18.7)
(8.0, 12.4)
(4.6, 7.5)
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, 2017

Census Data (custom tabs in ODESI)

I have a researcher working with the tables giving the number of jobs located in each DA for 2006 and 2016(Place of Work DA from and, and they have noted a number of DAs missing. The notes section indicates that communities with fewer than 40 people are not included, but given that this data is for place of work are DAs not included if fewer than 40 people report the DA as their place of work (that is my reading based on the data in the table, but I would like to confirm)? If so, is there a possibility of a custom tab to get this data?

DAs missing from tables:










2006 and 2016:



Subject matter confirmed the following:
Thank you for your query. You are correct. Place of work geography suppression is done on the employed labour force population who worked at home or had a usual place of work, not on the residential population. The minimum population threshold is 40 for any data.

A custom table would not have data for geographies suppressed under this rule.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Public Access to PUMFS

 It was my understanding that with the Statistics Canada Open License, members of the public could access to PUMFs as long as they signed an agreement…?

As of October 2018, PUMFs fall under the Statistics Canada Open Licence. More information on what users can now do with the data can be found here: and FAQs here: An agreement does not need to be signed in order for members of the public to access the PUMFs.

Follow-up Questions:
When I look at PUMFs on, I see that they’re available to the public via the data portal if they fill out the order form. Does this mean that a member of the public requesting a PUMF via would still be asked to pay, while a member of the public requesting the PUMF from a DLI member institution would be able to access it free of charge?

Follow-up Answer:
As always, you can get PUMFs for free from subject matter. There is not yet a central location for free download of PUMFs however, but it’s in the works! 

Follow-up Question:
Another question about the PUMF Open License, this one from a researcher. They ask:

Does that mean that PUMFs acquired via DLI could be shared outside of the institution without restriction, e.g. packaged as part of a textbook for broad dissemination?

Follow-up Answer:
PUMFs acquired via the DLI can be shared outside of the institution, provided that StatCan is cited in the documentation.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Marital Status from 1976 to 2016

A researcher is looking for the following info.

And apart from looking at each year individually or putting together a couple of years, I have not been able to find it.

Can anyone help me with this request?

“Specifically, I am looking to find out the percentage of the population (aged 15 and over) in each census from 1976 to 2016 that were:

(1) Single
(2) Married
(3) Widowed
(4) Divorced
(5) Separated
(6) Common-law

The most important years for my purposes are 1981 and 2011, but I'd like to have 50 years worth of data from 1976-2016 if possible.”

 Vital Statistics stopped being gathered to that level of granularity in 2008 (they're submitted to StatsCan from various Provincial Departments). I know for sure that divorce rates are not available, though births and deaths still are.

Follow-Up Comment:
 I checked, and you’re completely Senioritis-free!  Both of these pages (a and b below) note under Data release, “2008  is the last year for which these data were collected”. 

a)Vital Statistics, Divorce Database, Survey 3235, (data from the Department of Justice Canada)
i.      Note, the StatCan Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics released this: Divorce cases in civil court, 2010/2011
ii.      Also noted in Parenting and child support after separation or divorce
“there are multiple data sources that can provide information on separated or divorced Canadians: the Census of Population, the General Social Survey (GSS) on Families and the Civil Courts Survey”

b)Vital Statistics, Marriage Database, Survey 3232 (data from provincial and territorial registries)
i.      GSS-related publications touch on narrower topics if at all like: Emerging trends in living arrangements and conjugal unions for current and future seniors 1981-2011

I did a basic presentation on “vital” stats a few years ago and noted that the Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada perhaps should touch on these topics but is slow do so.  The “latest” report include 2011 Census data only on marital status. .  But it’s interesting to know about this report for topics like fertility through to 2016 (data available thanks to the births database).

Just a side note that responsibility for tracking therapeutic abortions was with StatCan from 1969 to 1994 and was transferred to CIHI in 1995.  I don’t know if this older data can be found via CIHI, but a couple of StatCan sources are: Teenage Abortions and Births, for women aged 13 through 19, Canada, provinces and territories - 1974 to 1995 [B2020 on Odesi], and Health Reports, Winter 1997, Vol. 9 no. 3 Marital status and abortion

Monday, March 11, 2019

General Social Survey (GSS) Social Identity Module

I have a researcher wondering if there are any plans for another GSS Social Identity module in the near future. According to the information I can find, the last time the survey was run was in 2013 and what I found seemed to indicate that it would be run every five years.

Here is the response from subject matter:
“Social identity will be in collection in 2020 and likely releasing in 2021.”

Query Regarding General Social Survey (Cycle 30, 2016)

A researcher writes: “We are working with the GSS Cycle 30, 2016. There are certain items that assess things like internet usage and resilience in people (e.g., IUR_01). Were these items taken from psychometrically validated instruments and inserted in the GSS? We have thoroughly scoured the documentation available online (including codebooks, etc.) and cannot find how these items came to be?”

The Main code book for this GSS cycle kindly notes sources of each variable. I looked at the IUR_01 as well as the resilience questions (RES_xx) and noted that for a couple the source is another Survey (adapted from), but many of them are “new question.” So, if I’m interpreting the researcher’s question correctly, he would like to know on what that “new question” was based.

We’ve received the following response from subject matter:

1.       “Resilience questions

The resilience questions were based on broad research (academic and NGO) including individual, child and community resilience (see some of the resources consulted below) as well as consultation with subject matter experts both within and outside Statistics Canada. The final stage included the development of a resilience factor table that was used to generate questions most suitable to the target population of the General Social Survey. Where possible, existing questions from within Statistics Canada were used. All new questions developed in house and based on the previous research underwent rigorous qualitative testing and only ones that tested well were retained. In some instances, wording was changed as a result of testing to render the question more user friendly.

Some resources consulted in developing resilience questions:

The Dispositional Resilience Scale - Bartone (1989; 1991; 1995)

The ER 89 - Block & Kremen (1989)

Connor-Davidson Scale - Connor & Davidson (2003)

Youth Resiliency: Assessing Developmental Strengths - Donnon & Hammond (2003)

The Resilience Scale for Adults - Friborg et al. (2003)

Resiliency Attitudes and Skills Profile - Hurtes & Allen (2001)

Adolescent Resilience Scale - Oshio et al. (2003)

The Brief Resilience Scale - Smith et al. (2008)

The Resilience Scale (AUS) - Wagnild & Young (1993)

Psychological Resilience - Windle, Markland & Woods (2008)

Ego Resiliency - Klohnen (1996)

The Resilience Scale for Adolescents - Hjemdal et al. (2006)

  • The well-being and resilience paradox, Technical Report; The Young Foundation
  • Resilience and well-being: Definitions, measurement and intervention; Doug Coatsworth, Penn State University
  • Resilience: A Literature Review; Patrick Martin-Breen and J. Marty Anderies, Rockefeller Center
  • Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience in Canada (SEPR); Statistics Canada

2.       Internet questions

Research was conducted on the topic of technology and the Internet, to reveal existing knowledge as well as data gaps on specific points of interest. One of such topic was the ownership of technology devices. After the initial research, consultations with experts who designed and conducted Statistics Canada’s Canadian Internet Use Survey, was carried out.  There was general consensus that given the accelerated availability and cost reduction of consumer electronics, inquiring about the device types that people own is important for understanding their distribution (and ultimately use). This is the background to the new question on the ownership of technology devices.”

Friday, March 8, 2019

Labour Force Survey (LFS) – February 2019

We are pleased to inform you that the following product is now available.

Labour Force Survey (LFS) – February 2019

This public use microdata file contains non-aggregated data for a wide variety of variables collected from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS collects monthly information on the labour market activities of Canada's working age population. This product is for users who prefer to do their own analysis by focusing on specific subgroups in the population or by cross-classifying variables that are not in our catalogued products. 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.

EFT: /MAD_PUMF_FMGD_DAM/Root/3701_LFS_EPA/1976-2019/data/

Nesstar Webview: Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Census 2016 PUMF .dct file needed

I have a researcher who is using the Census 2016 PUMF with STATA.   They have the Stata  .do file, and the RAW  .dat   data file.

But they are telling me they need a Stata dictionary file .dct to load the .dat file.

I am not familiar with Stata.  The .dat file is loading correctly in SPSS.    I see from a little reading that one can create a .dct file describing the data and its location.  But doe anyone else work with Stata.  How are you generating a .dct file for the Census 2016 PUMF.

I’ve been able to get hold of the .dct file and have placed it in the RAW folder (within both the English and French folders). Hopefully this is what the researcher needs!

General Social Survey - Time Use: time spent recycling

Good afternoon DLI,

I have an economics researcher who is interested in finding data on the amount of time that people spend on activities that benefit the environment. A more specific question is the average amount of time that Canadians spend recycling.

I thought that this data would be best found in a time use survey, such as the StatCan General Social Survey 2015 - Time Use (GSS). Searching the variables of this survey, I was able to locate the following variable: DUR19 Duration - Garbage, recycling, unpacking goods. This provides the total duration (in minutes) for taking out the garbage, recycling, compost, unpacking goods. Recycling is grouped with taking out the garbage, composting and unpacking goods which are activities that are not of interest for the researcher.

Given that the survey employs a retrospective 24-hour time diary, and that the responses were coded, is there data available from StatCan for only recycling? 

If this data is not available from StatCan, does anyone else on the list have any recommendations on other possible sources? 

Answer from subject matter:
“Unfortunately, as you noticed, it is not possible to isolate recycling only from GSS Time Use. We don’t have data on recycling only that I am aware of.”

Answer from DLI member:
While not about time spent on recycling per se, there does appear to be a lot of data sources available on this topic in general:

Searching in ODESI at the variable level for “recycl” found 107 surveys*&type:1;&fromDate=Earliest&toDate=Present&refineColl_all:false&cora:false&icpsr:false&dlimf:false;&refineOdesi_all:true&statCaMicro:true&statCaAgg:true&pop:true&other:true;&addTerms@;&page:1&sort=date?uri=%2Fdataverse_sp%2Fdoi--10-5683_SP_IYYC4A.xml

Monday, March 4, 2019

CTADS 2017 & Census of Population 2016

We are pleased to inform you that the following are now available on the Statistics Canada Nesstar WebView site.

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) 2017 - Household PUMF
Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) 2017 - Person PUMF
Census of Population 2016 PUMF

Friday, March 1, 2019

APS 2012 Clarification

The researcher has indicated that:

1. The datafile consists of 24,803 cases.

2. In the concepts and methods, as well as the user guide, it indicates there are 28,410 cases.

3. Where are the 3,607 cases? Are these people under the age of 18?

I’ve received the following response from subject matter:

“The file that the client is using would be the PUMF, if it contains 24,803 records. The analytical file contains 28,409 (not 28,410) records and this is the file being referred to in the Concepts and Methods Guide and the Analytical File User Guide. It sounds like the researcher may be using the wrong user guide and should be using the PUMF user guide”

Follow-up Answer:
I’ve uploaded the most up-to-date version of the APS 2012 user guide to the EFT at /MAD_PUMF_FMGD_DAM/Root/3250_APS_EAPA/2012/doc. Please use these versions going forward. I will work on determining if the previous users guides currently on the EFT are correct.