Historical Census Boundary Files and Data

Note that the Map and Data Library at the University of Toronto, with support from other Ontario post-secondary libraries, has generously shared  census boundary files back to 1911.  This data is freely available through Scholars GeoPortal and may be downloaded as complete datasets for all of Canada or as clipped files.  To access:

Survey Spotlight -- Households and the Environment Survey (HES)

The Households and the Environment Survey (HES) measures the environmental practices and behaviours of Canadian households that relate to the condition of our air, water and soils. The survey was also designed to collect data to develop and improve three key environmental indicators: air quality, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions.  (Source: Statistics Canada)

2016 Census -- Highlights from Presentation

The following are highlights from a presentation by Paul Schwets and Mary-Lynne Reid, Statistics Canada Census Division, at the end of November:

Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M)

Please be aware that UNBC recently signed a license agreement, as a member of Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) program, which allows UNBC students and researchers access to the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M).

Data Visualization Example -- Flow of International Trade

For those interested in data visualization, check out the Flow of International Trade interactive map at http://www.visualcapitalist.com/interactive-mapping-flow-international-trade/.  You can zoom in, spin the globe with your mouse, and click on different countries to see the trade for just that country.  For those interested in creating similar data visualizations, check out the link to Blueshift under the map.

2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey

From January to June of 2017 Statistics Canada will conduct the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. This survey will collect information from First Nations people living off-reserve, Métis, and Inuit, aged 15 and over across Canada. Questions will focus on key topics such as employment, skills and training, education, health, and cultural practices.

Data to watch for down the road! 

Ways to access statistics and data from past APS surveys:

CRDCN Newsletter: For Research Data Centre (RDC) Users and Potential Users

Research Data Centre (RDC) users and potential users should consider subscribing to the Canadian Research Data Centre Network's (CRDCN) newsletter, which is sent out once every few months (4-6 times per year?).  Please click on the link below to see a sample newsletter.

Notification of Changes to the Harmonized Commodity Descriptions and Coding System (HS)

Statistics Canada has recently made changes to descriptions of import and export commodities in the Harmonized Commodity Descriptions and Coding System (HS). The purpose of these changes is to mirror international standards and clarify commodity descriptions. No changes to the HS codes themselves have been made at this time.


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