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August 2001     Vol. 2, no. 8

Family income, 1999

In 1999, the median income of families rose for a third year in a row. The median total family income of census (nuclear) families was $48,600, up 1% over 1998, after adjusting for inflation. This continues a trend of modest increases since 1996.

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Income of individuals, 1999

The number of people reporting earnings from wages, salaries or commissions continued to increase in 1999. This number, and their proportion of the population, has been increasing since 1993. At the same time, fewer people received Employment Insurance or social assistance benefits in 1999 than in 1998. The number of self-employed stayed virtually the same.

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Registered apprenticeship training, 1999

In 1999, the number of registered apprentices increased 6% to 188,776. Since 1994, the number has grown 14% - almost returning to the peak reached in the early 1990s.

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National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2000

In 2000, Canadians were volunteering less but giving more money than in 1997, according to a new snapshot of voluntary and civic action in Canada. However, the rate of increase in average donations since 1997 did not keep pace with increases in the average household incomes of donors.

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University finances, 1999/2000

Universities collected a record $14.9 billion in total revenue in the academic year 1999/2000, a 15.7% jump in constant dollars from 1998/99.

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Businesses with employees, second quarter 2001

There were 1,004,728 businesses with employees in the second quarter, a 0.3% increase from the first quarter, when the number of employer businesses was 1,002,118.

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Household Internet Use Survey, 2000

Internet use took its biggest jump ever in 2000, according to the Household Internet Use Survey, dampening speculation that the Internet's popularity may be levelling off.

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Traveller accommodation services price indexes

Statistics Canada has published, for the first time, a set of monthly indexes that measure price movements of short-term accommodation services.

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