Each month, many people pay close attention to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) release, especially economists and journalists. The survey is a snapshot of how many Canadians are working, which is a key indication of the direction of the economy. And, for most Canadians, jobs mean prosperity.
If you look at the ranks of Statistics Canada senior managers, a surprising number are ‘lifers’. That is, they have spent the last 20, 25 or 30 years working at the agency. Many retire without working outside the confines of Tunney’s Pasture—a former farm field, a short trip from Parliament Hill, where Statistics Canada has been housed since the 1950s.
Back in the 1990s, Statistics Canada was named top statistical agency in the world by The Economist magazine. It was a pretty cool honour back then: today, StatCan’s expertise is increasingly being shared around the world—an indication the agency still has its groove.