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November 2000     Vol. 1, no. 2

A statistical profile of Canadian communities

The highly popular Statistical profile of Canadian communities, available on Statistics Canada's website, now has several new features. A favourite of students and researchers, the profiles provide statistical information on more than 6,000 cities, towns, villages and Aboriginal communities, 137 metropolitan areas, and now 139 health regions across Canada.


Transition from SIC to NAICS - Manufacturing industries

Data collected from the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) are now classified according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This classification system replaces the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC); 1997 is the last year for which data are released on a SIC basis.


Population estimates by age and sex

The preliminary postcensal estimates by age and sex for Canada, the provinces and territories at July 1, 2000 plus the updated postcensal figures at July 1, 1999 and 1998 are now available. The corresponding components of population growth for the years ending June 30, 1998 to 2000 are also available.


Labour force update: New hirings and permanent separations

Atlantic Canadians flowed into and out of jobs or businesses at a higher rate than those in other regions of the country in 1999, according to new data from the Labour Force Survey. Ontario and British Columbia recorded the lowest rates among the provinces


Market research handbook

The 2000 edition of the Market research handbook is now available. Since 1975, the handbook has been an authoritative source of socio-economic information, reflecting key characteristics of local and national markets.


Registered Retirement Savings Plan contributions

Contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) rebounded to their second highest level ever in 1999. A record 6,207,000 taxfilers contributed to an RRSP during the 1999 tax year, up 1.4% from the previous year. They contributed $27.8 billion, a 2.6% increase from 1998 (after adjusting for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index).


Federal electoral district profile

Canadians can obtain a wealth of information about their federal electoral district, free of charge, on Statistics Canada's website ( The profiles appear in an easy-to-use format, in both English and French. The Agency is making available statistical profiles of all 301 federal electoral districts. The Federal electoral district profile includes data from the 1996 Census of Population and a mapping feature.


Incomes of individuals and families, federal electoral districts

Information for 1998, showing age and gender of the population, income ranges and income sources by federal electoral district is now available on a cost-recovery basis. For families, information is available on the family composition, the age and gender of family members, their sources of income and their reliance on government transfers.


Trusteed pension funds, First quarter, 2000

The market value of the assets of employer-sponsored pension plans was $587 billion at the end of the first quarter, 2000, a rise of 4% from the previous quarter.


Pension plans, January 1, 1999

Employer-sponsored registered pension plans (RPPs) remain an integral part of the retirement saving system for Canadians, although their coverage has been declining throughout the 1990s. At the end of 1998, 41% of paid workers were covered by RPPs, down from 45% in 1992.


Pension coverage and retirement savings, 1986-1997

This research paper assembles data from several household surveys to document how pension coverage of young and prime-aged workers has evolved in Canada between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s.


Survey of Micro-enterprises

Fifty-four percent of the owners of small businesses in operation since at least 1995 depended on their business as the only source of income for their household, a new survey has found.


Should the low income cutoffs be updated?

This report summarizes responses to a discussion paper on low income cutoffs released in January 2000.


Work absence rates, 1987 to 1999

New data are available on absences from work for personal reasons (illness or disability) and personal or family responsibilities. The data in these CANSIM matrices update the data in Work absence rates, 1987 to 1998 (71-535-MPB, no. 10).


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