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October 2001     Vol. 2, no. 10

Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics public-use microdata file, 1996 and 1997

The cross-sectional public-use microdata files for the 1996 and 1997 Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) are now available.


Information and communication technology and the performance of manufacturing firms, 1988 to 1997

The adoption of advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs) is one of the keys to growth for manufacturing plants, according to a new research paper. ICT adoption leads to growth in labour productivity, which in turn leads to growth in market share.


Postal area profiles, 1999

The 1999 Postal area profiles, a databank profiling more than 5,000 communities across Canada, are now available. The profiles consist of data in five tables, which contain information on demographics, selected sources of income, economic dependency on government transfers, labour force participation, and family characteristics.


The Social policy simulation database and model, 1997

The Social policy simulation database and model (SPSD/M), Version 9.0, based on 1997 microdata, is now available. The SPSD/M is a static microsimulation model that comprises a database, a series of tax/transfer algorithms and models, analytical software and user documentation. The SPSD/M has been produced as an occasional product since 1985. It has been in wide use by policy analysts in Canada studying virtually every change to the tax and transfer system since that time.


Innovation in Canadian manufacturing: Provincial estimates, 1999

The working paper Innovation in Canadian manufacturing: Provincial estimates is the second in a series that analyses results from the 1999 Survey of Innovation and examines the characteristics of innovative firms in manufacturing at the provincial level.


Challenges to advanced technology adoption

Two research papers now available investigate challenges that firms in the manufacturing sector face in adopting new technologies. Impediments to advanced technology adoption for Canadian manufacturers investigates the relative importance of various impediments, using data from the 1993 Survey of Innovation and Advanced Technology. Skill shortages and advanced technology adoption focusses on the importance of skill shortages, using data from the 1998 Survey of Technology Adoption.


Migration, 1999/2000

Data are now available on the number of individuals who moved between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000, including those who relocated within their own province, those who moved from one province to another, and those who moved into or out of the country.


Population estimates, 2001 (preliminary)

Canada's population surpassed the 31-million mark as of July 1, 2001. Between July 1, 2000 and July 1, 2001, the population grew by slightly more than 1.0% to an estimated 31,081,900, due mainly to a significant increase in the number of immigrants and non-permanent residents.


Pension plans in Canada, 2000

Data on employer plans (registered pension plans), their membership and plan provisions are now available from the Pension Plans in Canada Database. The Pension Plans in Canada Survey is a census of all registered pension plans in the country.


Business data online resource

A new resource, Statistics Canada's Business data, devoted to guiding small and medium-sized business to valuable data and analysis, is now available. This online resource is the newest addition to, the official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.


E-commerce: Household shopping on the Internet, 2000

Canadians more than doubled their purchases of goods and services on-line in 2000, according to the second annual snapshot of household electronic commerce activity from the Household Internet Use Survey. About 1.5 million households spent an estimated $1.1 billion over the Internet, up from about $417 million in 1999.


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