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February 2001     Vol. 2, no. 2

Productivity growth in Canada, 1961 to 1999

Economic shocks with long-lasting effects, common in many industries, changed the landscape of the Canadian business sector in the post-1973 period, according to a major new study. The study, a comprehensive analysis of many aspects of productivity performance, examines how productivity growth responded to these shocks and the mechanisms by which the benefits of productivity growth were passed on to Canadians.


Financial performance indicators for Canadian business, 1999

A thriving manufacturing sector and rising commodity prices boosted profits, as corporations recorded strong increases in profitability in 1999. The returns of large and medium firms rebounded after softening in 1998, and small firms saw a third straight year of profit growth.


Social policy simulation database and model

The Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) Version 8.1, based on 1996 microdata, is now available. The SPSD/M is a static microsimulation model. It consists of a database, a series of tax/transfer algorithms and models, analytical software and user documentation. Since 1985, the SPSD/M has been produced as an occasional product. It has been in wide use by policy analysts in Canada studying virtually every change to the tax and transfer system since that time.


New census module

Statistics Canada has updated the census module on its website to provide the public with more information about the upcoming census. Both the Census of Population and the Census of Agriculture are featured.


Rural population and change

This tenth in a series of analysis bulletins profiling trends in rural Canada uses census data to trace changes in the rural population between 1981 and 1996, nationally and provincially. It is published in collaboration with the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


Rural youth migration

The analysis bulletin Rural Youth Migration between 1971 and 1996, published in collaboration with the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is the 11th in a series that profiles trends in rural Canada. It uses census data to show the extent of migration of youth out of rural areas between 1971 and 1996, at the national and provincial levels.


Geography catalogue

The 1997 Geography Catalogue, 1996 Census (Geography Products: Geographic Reference Products), formerly available in paper format, is now available in PDF format. This catalogue provides information about the geographic products and services produced by Statistics Canada. It contains short descriptions of the products and services, including information on price, medium and catalogue numbers.


Government expenditures on culture

The estimated total government spending on culture increased in the fiscal year 1998/99, halting four consecutive years of decline. The three levels of government spent an estimated total of $5.7 billion on everything from libraries and museums to nature parks and broadcasting. In constant dollars, spending was up 2.3% from 1997/98, the first real increase since 1990/91. In current dollars, spending was up 2.7%.


Local government enterprises, income and expenses

After-tax profits of local government enterprises reached $403.4 million in 1998, down $110.3 million or 21.5% from 1997. All four industriesùelectricity, transit systems, gas distribution and telephoneùsaw lower profits.


Training enrolment, 1997-98

In 1997-98, 250,022 students enrolled full time in trade/vocational and preparatory/special training programs and courses in community colleges, 4.4% fewer than in 1996-97.


Benchmarking adult literacy in North America, 1994 to 1998

Benchmarking Adult Literacy in North America: An International Comparative Study is now available. Published by Statistics Canada and Human Resources Development Canada and commissioned by the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, this monograph presents 10 international indicators that allow readers to compare the literacy proficiency of North Americans with that of other populations.


Survey of Financial Security

The Survey of Financial Security (SFS) was conducted during May and June of 1999. The survey collected general demographic information on all members of the family; education, employment, income, etc., for family members 15 years of age and older; and asset and debt information on the family as a whole. This document briefly describes the Survey of Financial Security and presents the questionnaire used for the interview.


Estimating the value of employer pension plan benefits

Statistics Canada is inviting comments from clients on a new report that proposes a methodology for putting a value on employer pension plan benefits in relation to the Survey of Financial Security.


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