Friday, June 28, 2019

New Release - Census 2016 Hierarchical File

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

Census of Population, 2016 Hierarchical File

Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Population in order to develop a statistical portrait of Canada and Canadians on one specific day. The census is designed to provide information about people and housing units in Canada by their demographic, social and economic characteristics.

Statistics Canada reinstated the mandatory long-form census in time for the 2016 Census of Population. As such, a sample of approximately 25% of Canadian households received a long-form questionnaire. All other households received a short-form questionnaire.

The Census of Population is a reliable basis for the estimation of the population of the provinces, territories and municipal areas. The information collected is related to federal and provincial legislative measures and provides a basis for the distribution of federal transfer payments. The census also provides information about the characteristics of the population and its housing within small geographic areas and for small population groups to support planning, administration, policy development and evaluation activities of governments at all levels, as well as data users in the private sector.

Clients: Federal government, provincial and territorial governments, municipal governments; libraries; educational institutions; researchers and academics; private industry; business associations labour organisations; ethnic and cultural groups; private citizens; public interest groups are among the users of census data.

EFT: /MAD_PUMF_FMGD_DAM/Root/3901_Census-Pop_Recens-Pop/2016/Hierarchical-Hierarchique

Nesstar Webview: Census of Population, 2016 []

*Please note: We are aware that there are issues with some of the PDF Reference files. We are working to correct these.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Census Tract Pairs (Journey to Work)

I have a researcher looking for a dataset that would contain a list of pairs of Census tracts where one CT represents a person’s home location and the other their work location, along with the number of people who make that specific commute (based on the Census Journey to Work questions). Is this data available, perhaps as a custom tabulation?

We’ve received the following response from the regional office:

“Yes it is possible.  It would be CT of residence by CT of work within a CMA or CA.
He is looking for specifics CMAs/CAs and for other variables?”

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Canadian Community Health Survey PUMF 2017-2018

Given that the CCHS PUMF for 2015/2016 was only released earlier this year, the researcher realizes that the PUMF for 2017-2018 is probably not in the very near future, but would like to know if there is any estimated timeframe for its release.

We do not have an official release date for the CCHS 2017-2018 PUMF. Last I had spoken to subject matter, they were in the collection stage and didn’t expect to have anything released for another 1-2 years.

We will be updating our list of expected releases on the website shortly!

Monday, June 24, 2019

PCCF Reference Guide

Where on the EFT is the 2019 February version of the Reference Guide? 

It is currently being stored here: /MAD_PCCF_FCCP_DAM/Root/EnglishSASInstructionsPCCF+

Correction SPSD/M 27.1

This e-mail is to inform you a miscoding was found in SPSD/M version 27.1 and to provide you with the appropriate solutions.  Despite an extensive testing and validation system, an error was found in version 27.1 which may impact results of your studies. 
This e-mail contains the solution that you need to resolve the miscoding.  You may also download version 27.1.1 from the EFT if you would like a version of the model which has the fixes included. Version 27.1.1 will overwrite version 27.1.
Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) Tax Credit
Years affected: 2019-2025

Issue: The Ontario CARE refundable tax credit announced in 2019 budget (April 11). Child Care Expenses and Social benefit repayments were deducted from net income when they should have been added back to net income.

Fix for users who don’t want to download 27.1.1: Ontario CARE is a refundable tax credit and therefore has no further income tax related implications in the model. Users can model this refundable tax credit easily using the User Variable Facility included with the model.

Canadian Dollars Spent on Plastic Surgery

Does anyone know of a table that gives the amount of Cdn dollars spent on plastic surgery?

From our end here at Stats, unfortunately we weren’t able to come up with anything beyond a regular google search. There are no surveys that collect this information.

Follow-up Answer:
You may wish to take a look at CIHI’s National Physician Database, 2016-2017: Data Release | Supply, Distribution and Migration of Physicians in Canada, 2017 : Data Tables and Physicians in Canada, 2017: Summary Report.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Saskatchewan Self-harm Data

I have a researcher interested in a custom tab of data on Suicidal Thoughts & Attempts in SK from the 2015-16 CCHS. They’re hoping for two tabulations based on the following:

Meadow Lake and Surrounding Area

Meadow Lake (city)

Loon Lake (village)

Makwa (village)

Goodsoil (village)

Dorintosh (village)

Rapid View (village)

Green Lake (northern village)

La Ronge and Surrounding Area

La Ronge (northern town) 

Air Ronge (northern village)

Would a custom tab of data at the level of the two broad areas (not the individual communities) be possible?

Unfortunately the number of respondents in the two requested geography groupings are too small to provide any estimates.

Follow-Up Answer:
Have you tried the Saskatchewan Coroners Service Northern Regional Office?

It could be worthwhile.  About four years ago I was able to obtain youth suicide numbers for some Ontario Indigenous communities by going to my regional supervising coroner office who then referred me to the right contact at the central office.  I am pretty sure I started out with a phone call to my regional office.  The contact I was referred to at the chief coroner’s office ran a special table for our researcher.

How to Figure out which PCCFs I need?

I have a researcher looking for the 2001, 2006, and 2011 census and corresponding PCCFs. I’ve gotten all the census data, but I’m having a heck of time figuring out which of the PCCFs I need to use (for example, in the PCCF+ folder for 2001, there is PCCF4F, PCCF4G, PCCF4H, and pccf4j). I have no idea what I’m looking at. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

I believe the deal is that the highest alphanumeric version in any given census folder is the last version for that census. So, the 7s are for 2016, the 6s are for 2011, the 5s are for 2006, etc. and the lettering just restarts to indicate which versions have been released.

I think The odd case on the EFT might be 6D, which is still in the 2017 folder, but was created in 2015 and based on the 2011 census geo, but includes 2016 DAs.  That's a weird one.  The first official 2016 version seems to be 7A, or at least 7A's documentation says "The reference date for these geographic areas is January 1, 2016. The previous version linked to the 2011 Census of Population geographic areas."

I think the deal with the PCCF+ over the PCCF is that you can use the PCCF+ for data spanning multiple census, but I don't think you have to grab separate versions.  Someone who actually knows what they're talking about can confirm or deny, but in your case, Maggie, I think you only need to grab the latest version for 2011, which would be 6C or 6D, depending on whether or not it matters that the documentation for 6D says "Although version 6D of the PCCF+ is still based on 2011 census geography, the output includes the 2016 dissemination area (DA) based on a released intercensal correspondence file (DA16uid)."  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Uniform Crime Reporting - Recent Files

I have a researcher looking at the Uniform Crime Reporting. They are wondering if you will be releasing an update or more current data. Or should we be looking at another dataset?

The Masterfile will be released to the RDCs at the end of July, however there is no intention of creating a PUMF.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

PCCF+ Licensing

We are working with a Master’s student that would like to use the PCCF+ to run postal codes to match to DAs. She will be collecting the postal codes from a survey that is being run as part of a larger project that involves Queen’s University, the City and a consulting firm in town. She is a co-investigator and the work she will be doing will contribute to her Master’s thesis and results will be shared with the City and the consulting firm.

While the survey data will be accessible to non-Queen’s members of the project team; the PCCF+ would only be available to the student researcher.  If the student uses the PCCF+ to run the collected postal codes and get associated DAs, can just the DAs be shared as a result with non-Queen’s members of the project team?

The composition of the project team (with the municipality and consultants) partnering with the University is throwing us off a little bit.

We’ve received the following response from the PCCF team:

“Yes, just the DAs (geography) can be shared as a result with non-Queen’s members of the project team as long no postal codes are displayed in the student’s results or reports.

All end users receiving these products must abide by the requirements of the End-use Licence Agreement for these products.  We would like to point out some specific constraints on the use of these data products: 

  • to be used for the purpose of matching postal codeOM data to geography (Clause 4);
  • not to be used for mail preparation purposes (Clause 5);
  • acknowledgment of data licensed from Canada Post (Clause 7);
  • reproduction and publication of up to 1% of content (Clause 8); and
  • a disclaimer for search engine applications (Clause 10).”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar - CFCS 2014 & NCS 2018

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

Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS) 2014
National Cannabis Survey (NCS) 2018, Wave 3
National Cannabis Survey (NCS) 2018, Wave 4

Friday, June 14, 2019

New Release: SPSD/M Version 27.1

I am pleased to inform you that version 27.1 of the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) is now available on the EFT here: /MAD_SPSDM_BDMSPS_DAM/Root/27.1.

This is a model update – the database remains unchanged and remains based on the 2015 survey data from the Canadian Income Survey (CIS). This version is capable of modeling the tax/transfer system for all years from 1997 through 2025.

The update includes the following:

  • Changes resulting from the 2019-20 budgets, announced before May 1, 2019, have been incorporated.
  • Changes resulting from the 2018 tax forms have been incorporated.
  • Changes resulting from the 2018 and 2019 TD1s have been incorporated
  • The regulatory charge on fossil fuels has been included in the commodity tax model
  • The weights have been updated to reflect changes in Statistics Canada's population estimates.
  • The most recent economic growth projections from the Parliamentary Budget Office have been incorporated. Income and expenditures are now grown on a per capita basis in order to reflect demographic changes.
  • Commodity taxes based on fuel volume are projected by provincial population growth while other commodity taxes and expenditures (including fuel expenditures) are grown at the same rate as per capita personal income.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

National Graduates Survey - 2015 Data Availability

The National graduates survey, profile of graduates who owed money to government student loans at graduation, by province and level of study Table: 37-10-0038-01 (formerly CANSIM 477-0070) is supposed to have a frequency of being updated every 5-years. The most recent data on the Statistics Canada webpage is for 2010.

Is the 2015 data available? If it is where would one locate it?

The 2015 PUMF is expected to be released in November.

Monday, June 10, 2019

CCHS Master File - Chinese Immigrants

A researcher is looking at possibly submitting an application to the RDC to access the CCHS-IMDB around healthy immigrant effect on older Chinese immigrants. She is wondering if it was possible to find out what the sample size is for the variable born in China? I have checked the CCHS PUMF and this table but both only have general options of white, black, Asian, or other and not the specific country or ethnic origin she is looking for.

I’ve spoken to one of the analysts at the RDC and although she would not be able to confirm sample sizes at the moment (as they do not have the data yet), she doesn’t anticipate there will be a problem with the proposal, given the sample size. Of course the proposal does go through institutional review, so if there are any problems anticipated for the researcher it would be flagged at that point.

New Product - Labour Force Survey May 2019

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

Labour Force Survey (LFS) - May 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/1976-2018/data/

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar - CCHS 2015

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

Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2015 Nutrition - PUMF
Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2015-2016 Annual - PUMF

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Input-Output Model Simulations (National Model)

I have a graduate student who would like access to the Input-Output Model Simulations (National Model) – 15F0004X ( I do not see this particular product on the FTP site or odesi, so I am wondering if this is something that can be obtained via the DLI. If not, how might the student go about getting it?

Unfortunately on our end, this is only available via custom tabulation. Please see below for the response from subject matter:

“The Input-Output model is not available for distribution. We offer input-output modeling service on a cost recovery basis.”

If the student happens to be interested in going this route, please let me know and I will put you in touch with them directly.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Modernization Bulletin - May 2009

The May 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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) - Custom Tab Request

I am helping a researcher interested in using the employee version of the (WES) to explore “within-organization discrimination against parents who take maternity/paternity leave”, “does leave results in discrimination?” and “is the person in a leadership position” (this last question seems hardest to answer). I discovered the WES pdf reports on archived Stat Can pages and saw the synthetic files on . I am wondering if any additional tables exist? Would this be something that could be requested via a custom tab?

For the time being, I will be recommending exploration (and sub setting) of the GSS and LFS.

In regards to the WES, the data is solely available through the RDC - custom tabulations aren’t possible.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ways to Contact DLI

I wanted to take a moment to remind you of the different avenues available to contact us here at the DLI.

The listserv is meant to serve as a collaborative venue to a) ask questions in which other members of the community may be able to help with, b) ask questions to the DLI team at Statistics Canada which may be of interest to the entire community, and c) to share other bits of interesting information including upcoming training dates, webinars and presentations, notices, suggestions, etc.

In order to help cut down the amount of messages sent through the listserv, we are asking that if you have a question intended specifically for us here at Statistics Canada (that you don’t feel is beneficial to the entire community) or if you have a custom tabulation request, you contact us directly at

We also request that you limit the number of emails sent directly to our personal email addresses. While we love hearing from you, it’s always a possibility that we may not be in the office for an extended period of time and your questions may go unnoticed!