Statistics Canada is about to add some extra context to the economic intelligence available to data users.
Tomorrow, Statistics Canada will release Canadian Economic News (CEN), a curated monthly selection of economic events and market developments. It will cover broad interests—major business announcements, policy rate changes, budget announcements and financial market developments—that were in the news in the previous month.
The Census of Population is a massive undertaking. It takes over 35,000 employees and millions of dollars to count every single person living in Canada. The man who is ultimately responsible for this endeavour—along with all other operations at Statistics Canada—is Canada's Chief Statistician, Wayne R. Smith.
Statistics Canada does not write the headlines—but our information often ends up there. The most important monthly indicators (GDP, labour force, and CPI) are anticipated by business reporters. Other figures and studies also cause the news media to sit up and take notice. Sometimes StatCan's data are particularly topical or revealing, or contradict expectations.