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January 2001     Vol. 2, no. 1

Household spending, 1999

Canadian households spent an average of $53,470 in 1999 on everything from furniture to entertainment; they spent more on automobile purchases and home heating bills. Households spent on average about 4% more than in 1998, and 7% more than in 1997.


Neighbourhood inequality in cities

In the nation's eight largest cities, employment earnings were increasingly concentrated in the richer neighbourhoods between 1980 and 1995, while unemployment was increasingly concentrated in the poorer neighbourhoods, according to a new study based on data from four censuses. This led to a decline in average family incomes in the poorer neighbourhoods, while average family incomes rose marginally in the richer ones.


Female employment rates in rural and small town Canada

Factors associated with female employment rates in rural and small town Canada shows that there are significant differences in labour market experiences when comparing women in rural and small town labour markets and women in the labour markets of larger urban centres. This bulletin is the ninth in a series of analysis bulletins profiling trends in rural Canada, published in collaboration with the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.


Earnings disparities among the provinces, 1998

Ontario workers earned more on average than did those in any other province in 1998, according to a new study based on data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics.


Historical CALURA data on CANSIM

The collection and publication of union statistics under the Corporations and labour unions returns act (CALURA) Part II ended in 1995 with the repeal of the act. Starting in 1997, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) has been collecting monthly union data, which offer a variety of analytical possibilities unavailable in the CALURA series. To preserve the historical CALURA data in a readily accessible form and to facilitate its use with post-1996 LFS union data, three sets of data matrices are now available on CANSIM.


National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth: Third cycle, 1998-1999

Data for the third cycle of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), conducted in 1998-1999, are now available. This first release consists only of data covering characteristics of the children, their parents and their families. Summary highlights and analysis from Cycle 3 of the NLSCY will be released in early 2001. A public-use microdata file will be available in spring 2001.


Federal government employment in Census Metropolitan Areas

Almost 68% of the federal government work force of 232,000 people was located in the 25 Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) in September 2000. This represents an increase of 3.8% or 8,554 more jobs than in September 1999. All but one CMA reported increases. This is in sharp contrast with data reported in the last seven years, when the majority of CMAs showed declines.


LFS occupation data

Harmonization with Census occupation concepts has affected the comparability of current LFS occupation data through time. The management group was most affected, with a portion of those formerly classified as managers now most likely coded to business, finance and administrative and sales and service occupations. Investigations are underway to improve these series. Results of this work are expected to be available early in 2001.

Labour Force Survey Products and Services, 2000-2001

Labour Force Survey Products and Services, 2000-2001 is a new catalogue which describes all Labour Force Survey products and services offered on a monthly, annual and occasional basis. For a paper or electronic copy, contact Jacques Ouellet at (613) 951-4168; e-mail: or by fax at (613) 951-2869.

Low-income cutoffs for 1999 and low-income measures for 1998

Low-income cutoffs (LICOs) for 1999 and low-income measures (LIMs) for 1998, before and after tax, are now available. The updated thresholds for both measurements are contained in a single publication that replaces two former publications. This new publication incorporates a detailed description of the methods used to arrive at both measurements. It also explains how base years are defined and how LICOs are updated using the Consumer Price Index.


Farming operating revenues and expenses, 1999 (preliminary)

Average operating revenues per farm increased 2.8% in 1999 to $158,339 according to taxation records. In the same period, average operating expenses rose at a faster rate (4.0%) to $135,581. Operating margins were 14.4 cents per revenue dollar, down from 15.3 cents in 1998.


Innovation and training in new firms

An analytical report, Innovation and training in new firms, describes the environment and the characteristics of new businesses that survive and grow. The report focuses on two issues: new firms' propensity to innovate, and the extent to which their growth depends on their innovativeness; and the extent to which the emphasis the firm places on worker skills complements innovation and aids growth.


Literacy in Canada: Disparity between francophones and anglophones, 1994

This study analyses the disparities in literacy levels between francophones and anglophones in Canada. It is based on data from the 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), the development and management of which were coordinated by Statistics Canada.


Police resources in Canada, 2000

Twice as many women were police officers as of June 2000 compared with a decade previously, according to a new report. In 1990, there were 3,573 female police officers, representing just over 6% of all officers. By June 2000, there were 7,658 female police officers, accounting for almost 14% of the total.


Statistical research data centres

Statistics Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is launching an initiative that will help strengthen the country's social research capacity, support policy relevant research, and provide insights on important issues to the Canadian public. The initiative involves the creation of nine research data centres that will open at universities across the country over the coming year. Six of the centres will receive funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.


Canadian Travel Survey: Suspension of publication, 2000

Statistics Canada is suspending publication of data from the Canadian Travel Survey (CTS) for about nine months, pending an assessment of the way in which the data is collected. Full publication of the CTS results will resume in the third quarter of 2001, including, if necessary, revised time series. In the meantime, quarterly results from the CTS will be released on a preliminary basis through brief announcements in The Daily.


Canadian culture in perspective: A statistical overview, 2000 Edition

The third edition of Canadian culture in perspective: A statistical overview provides a comprehensive statistical portrait of the health and vitality of cultural activities and industries in Canada.


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