Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New Release: CTNS 2019

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

Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey (CTNS) 2019

The information collected in this survey will be used to fill important data gaps related to vaping, cannabis, and tobacco usage. The data will inform policy and provide a current snapshot of use across Canada.

Until 2017, Statistics Canada conducted the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS), which collected data on tobacco as well as alcohol and drug use in Canada. In 2019, the Canadian Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CADS) was conducted to collect data on alcohol and drug use independently from the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey (CTNS) which was conducted to primarily collect data on tobacco and nicotine.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Individual Remittances outside of Canada

Looking for some advice from the group here.  I have a research team who is looking for data on money sent to other countries as gifts, ideally at the individual level but aggregated would be okay.    Immigration and/or citizenship status is critical here

The SHS has a question on this, with its variable (MC_Q020) in the master file but also grouped into MG001 in the PUMF.   Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like immigration status/place-of-birth/citizenship is asked within the SHS.   (Please correct me if I’m wrong, though!)

Can anyone suggest a potential way forward for the researcher via an existing alternate dataset?   The 2013 GSS (Giving) has the socioeconomic variables but no variables on giving to people/org’s outside of Canada itself.

This is an interesting report published by Statistics Canada.  Study on International Money Transfers. There are information about remittances as gifts, as percentages, broken down by region and countries. 
URL : https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/89-657-x/89-657-x2019007-eng.pdf

Thursday, March 19, 2020

New Scholars Portal Datasets

Dalhousie University Libraries has recently made three datasets available via Scholars Portal Dataverse:

1. 2016 Census of Population ADA and DA PDF maps for Nova Scotia counties. The ADA reference maps were available for the first time with the 2016 Census via the Statistics Canada website. According to the Statistics Canada website, DA reference maps were not produced for the 2016 census. However, we were provided with Nova Scotia DA reference maps after we contacted the agency. These datasets have both ADA and DA PDF maps for Nova Scotia counties, with a readme file for corresponding DA to ADA:


2. Crime Severity Index values ranking for communities with population over 10000 (2009-2018). The principal behind the Crime Severity Index (CSI) was to measure the seriousness of crime reported to the police year to year by Statistics Canada. Data for Crime Severity Index for population over 10000 (CSI_over10000) was first published by Statistics Canada in 2009. However, CSI_over10000 data is not publicly available from Statistics Canada website. This dataset will be kept up-to-date as new tables are released:


3. Fisherman’s Work Survey (1982). This is a Southwestern Nova Scotian fisheries labour survey conducted by Dalhousie researchers. This dataset contains the Nova Scotia Fisherman’s Work survey data in SPSS (sav) and text (csv) format, coding of the variables, and selected literature. The survey data has 150 variables and 597 observations:


Hopefully, these data will be useful for researchers at your institutions. The first two Statistics Canada datasets are licensed under the Statistics Canada Open License. The Fisherman’s Work Survey data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The published article for “Work Satisfaction and Community Attachment among Fishermen in SW NS” is not licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, but is still openly available via Dataverse.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Graduation Rates

I’m trying to help a student locate secondary and post-secondary graduation rates at the national level back to 1976. I can find figures back to 1992, but nothing earlier.

The Elementary-secondary school enrollment publication is available as a PDF at Government of Canada Publications - http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.814408/publication.html. It covers 1974-1992.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Help with Information about Results of Mental Health Treatment

I have a question from a student who would like to get stats on the number of patients who have seen a psychologist or other mental health professional or have receive treatment for a mental health condition who have then completed the treatment and are then better.  I don't know that one can say cured as some mental health situations are chronic. 

She is concerned about the effectiveness of the mental health system and whether treatment really works.

Are there any stats around this that you know of?  If so, where would I find them.  

I would appreciate any thoughts you may have on this.

Thanks you in advance.

Mental Health Commission of Canada published this report in 2015 called Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/Informing%252520the%252520Future%252520-%252520Mental%252520Health%252520Indicators%252520for%252520Canada_0.pdf

You might find some useful data in it.
Can't speak to any admin-type statistics or clinical data, but the 2014 (2012?) CCHS (Mental Health special topic) and even every annual CCHS has questions for self-reported mental health issues, interactions w/ health professionals/government agencies/various therapies tried/outcomes and perceptions, etc.

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar


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

  • Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) 1996, 1997 & 1998 PUMF
  • Survey of Displaced Workers (SDW) 1986 PUMF (English only)
  • Survey of Household Energy Use (SHEU) 1993 PUMF (English only)

Should you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us.

Friday, March 6, 2020

LFS February 2020


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

Labour Force Survey (LFS) - February 2020

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/1976-2020/data/micro2020-02.zip

Nesstar Webview: Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

WDS Decommission

The Web Data Server (WDS) will be decommissioned by the end of the fiscal year. All of the data available on the WDS is in three folders on the EFT under:
  • MAD_DLI_IDD_DAM/Root/Census_agri_recens
  • MAD_DLI_IDD_DAM/Root/Census_pop_recens
  • Mad_DLI_IDD_DAM/Root/Other_autres.
In decommissioning this server, no data will be lost, only the access to the server.

In many cases, more up-to-date aggregate data can be found on the Statistics Canada website; this is especially true for CANSIM tables which you can search for by using the old CANSIM table number on the site. There is a help video available for using the tables https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/sc/video/howto.

The Beyond 20/20 viewer software is also available for download on the StatCan website (https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/public/beyond20-20) as well as on the EFT site under MAD_DLI_IDD_DAM/Root/utilities_utilitaires. Many Census tables on the website are downloadable as IVT files for Beyond 20/20.

If you have difficulty finding the data either on the EFT or the website, we will be happy to assist.