Telling Canada's story in numbers

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Telling Canada's story in numbers

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This year, Statistics Canada is joining other Government of Canada institutions to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. To celebrate, we will be telling Canada's story in numbers, and there is quite a story to tell! From the Canada Year Book, first published in 1867, to releases in The Daily, Statistics Canada's data have chronicled the lives of Canadians throughout our history.

So, what are we bringing to the party?

  • A speaker series
  • The Young Statisticians contest to encourage young Canadians to express themselves in a creative and engaging way on Canada 150 key themes
  • A blog that shares the views of historians, genealogists, academics and students on how statistics tell Canada's story
  • Numerous online activities to provide a historical perspective of Canada and demonstrate the depth and wealth of Statistics Canada's information.

Details concerning these activities will be announced on this page shortly. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the StatCan Blog to learn about how we are telling Canada's story in numbers.

Happy Canada 150!

Check out our new blog!

Our new monthly blog Connecting Stats, Stories and People features compelling interviews with key data users and stakeholders on how, together, we tell Canada's story in numbers. To mark Canada 150 throughout 2017, the blog will feature the views of historians, genealogists, academics, students, and other experts.

Register to our Speaker series – Canada 150

This speaker series will bring together academics, historians, students, policy makers, community organizations and practitioners to discuss Canada's story, as we tell it in numbers. Each event will focus on one of the Canada 150 themes—diversity and inclusiveness, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth and the environment, and will highlight interesting historical research in each area.

Upcoming events

September 21, 2017 – A glimpse into the past: Using historical censuses to research Canadian families

Past events

April 25, 2017 – The story of Canada's ethnocultural diversity in numbers

Join the conversation as we tell Canada's story in numbers

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To learn interesting facts about Canada and get the latest updates on our planned activities to mark Canada 150, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Join the conversation using the hashtags #Canada150 and #ByTheNumbers!

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Discover your Canada in numbers, then and now

Here is a selection of statistical information to celebrate Canada's identity; its ethnic, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity; and its rich history and heritage.

Canada Day... by the numbers

This 'By the numbers' article presents interesting facts compiled to portray Canada's ethnocultural diversity, our national identity, land and natural environment, and more.

Read other By the numbers articles.

Video – Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

Check out this video featuring Canada seen through the lens of statistics.

Video – Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

2016 Census of Population

On February 8, Statistics Canada started to publish the latest chapter in the story of our country and its people. Visit Census Program.


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Canada at a Glance

Canada at a Glance presents current statistics on Canadian demography, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, household, economy, travel, finance, agriculture, foreign trade and environment.

Updated yearly, Canada at a Glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics.

View previous editions of Canada at a Glance.

Canada Year Book Historical Collection

Discover Canada's social and economic past through the people, events and facts that have shaped this vast country, from 1867 to 1967. Please note that this historical collection has been archived but remains available on our website for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.

View the most recent editions of Canada Year Book.

Historical Statistics of Canada

Published in 1983, this source of historical statistics contains more than 1,000 data tables on the social, economic and institutional conditions of Canada, from the start of Confederation in 1867 to the mid-1970s. Please note that this publication has been archived but remains available on our website for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.

Learn more about Canada 150

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Other celebrations will take place across Canada throughout the year to mark this important anniversary in Canada's history. For more information, visit Canada 150.

Rediscover Canadian history from Confederation to today with the Library and Archives Canada heritage collection. Visit #OnThisDay.

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