Canada Year Book, 2012

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For 145 years, the Canada Year Book has chronicled in statistical form the demographic, social, political and economic changes affecting Canada and its people. The 2012 edition of the Canada Year Book, available today, carries on this tradition.

The almanac-style publication contains 31 chapters with tables, maps and easy-to-read articles. Each chapter covers issues and trends that influenced Canada, such as the aging of the population, housing prices and tuition costs. Other chapters examine developments in crime, health, the environment, the economy and much more.

A chapter on children explores the link between reading skills at the age of 15 and income at 25, as well as the continuing decline in smoking rates among teenagers and changes in international adoption rates.

An "International perspective" section provides charts comparing Canada and other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations. For example, Canada's gross domestic product per capita was $US 38,914 in 2009, 11th among OECD countries.

This is the last edition of the Canada Year Book. Statistics Canada will continue through other means to keep Canadians informed about their social and economic life.

The 2012 issue of the Canada Year Book (Catalogue number11-402-X, $24.95) is now available. As well, the Canada Year Book Historical Collection is available online. It contains all year books from 1867 to 1967.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca).