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February 2003     Vol. 4, no. 2

Retirement income programs

Canada's retirement income programs: A statistical overview presents detailed information on the major retirement income programs in Canada: Old Age Security programs, Canada/Quebec Pension Plans, Registered Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans. It outlines the major milestones in the development of the retirement programs in Canada, and presents analyses and statistics covering 1990 to 2000.

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Employment, earnings and hours

In November, average weekly earnings for all employees were estimated at $684.76, up $2.13 (+0.3%) from October. Almost all provinces and territories recorded earnings increases, led by Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

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Employment Insurance

The estimated number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in November was down 1.1% from October to 550,470. Yukon (-7.8%), New Brunswick (-4.1%) and British Columbia (-2.8%) recorded the largest percentage decreases. The number of regular beneficiaries fell 1.4% in Quebec, but remained virtually unchanged in Ontario. The largest rise was in Newfoundland and Labrador (+3.5%).

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Low-income cutoffs for 2002

Low-income cutoffs for 2002, before and after taxes, are now available.LICOs are income thresholds, determined by analysing family expenditure data, below which families will likely devote a larger share of income to the necessities of food, shelter and clothing than the average family would.

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Census of Population: Labour force activity, occupation, industry, class of worker, place of work, mode of transportation, language of work and unpaid work

This report includes detailed information on factors that have shaped the nation's workforce, such as growing reliance on immigration in the workforce, new trends in commuting to work, and the use of English and French in the workplace.

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Postcensal population estimates by various characteristics

Preliminary postcensal estimates by age, sex and marital status at July 1, 2002, as well as the revised postcensal estimates at July 1, 1997 to 2001, are now available for Canada and for the provinces and territories. Estimates by age, sex and legal marital status are also available for the same years.

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