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February 2002     Vol. 3, no. 2

The diversification of Canadian manufacturing firms and plants

The research paper Changes in the diversification of Canadian manufacturing firms 1973-1997: A move to specialization assesses changes since the early 1970s in diversification of firms and plants in the Canadian manufacturing sector. It finds that there has been a general increase in specialization of both firms and plants.

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Estimates of the number of census families

Estimates of the number of census families on July 1, 2001, as well as updated estimates on July 1, 1998 to 2000 for Canada, the provinces and territories are now available.

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Survey of Self-employment, 2000

Nearly one worker out of six was self-employed in 2000, and most of these individuals became and remained self-employed by choice, according to the first results from the Survey of Self-employment.

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Self-sufficiency project, 1998-1999

Data from a third follow-up survey to the Self-sufficiency Project are now available. Funded by Human Resources Development Canada, the Self-Sufficiency Project is a research demonstration project managed by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation and conducted jointly with Statistics Canada.

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Literacy skills and occupational assignment, 1994 to 1998

The monograph Literacy skills, occupational assignment and the returns to over- and under-education uses Canadian data from the International Adult Literacy Survey to explore relationships between wages earned by workers whose education is higher, or lower, than that presumed to be required by their occupation.

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