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December 2002     Vol. 3, no. 12

Tables on labour statistics consistent with the System of National Accounts

Estimates of employment and hours worked are now available in two new CANSIM tables. For more information on the estimates, see the release "Labour statistics consistent with the System of National Accounts."


Small business profiles

The Small business profiles CD-ROM presents financial and employment data for small business, defined as having annual total revenue between $30,000 and $5 million in 2000. Small business profiles are available by industry for unincorporated and incorporated businesses nationally and for each province and territory. Detailed expenses are available for most of the classified industries for incorporated and unincorporated businesses.


Canadian economic accounts

Real gross domestic product (GDP) advanced at a slower but still healthy 0.8% in the third quarter, as new housing activity and exports picked up strength, consumer spending was flat and business capital spending slowed. The gain in exports led to an expansion of the surplus on current transactions with non-residents. The economy lost some steam near the end of the quarter, however, with GDP edging up a modest 0.1% in September. The US GDP grew 1.0% in the third quarter.


Public sector employment

Estimates of public sector employment and aggregate public sector wages and salaries for the third quarter are now available. The first and second quarter data have been revised.


Participation and Activity Limitation Survey: A profile of disability in Canada

One out of every seven Canadians aged 15 and over - an estimated 3.4 million people - reported some level of disability in 2001. The disabilities, which were self-reported to interviewers over the telephone, ranged from milder limitations, such as a backache, to more severe ones, such as loss of mobility because of arthritis. Of the 3.4 million adults reporting disabilities, 1.1 million reported mild levels of disability, 855,000 reported moderate levels, and 1.4 million reported severe or very severe levels.


Census of Population: Language, mobility and migration

Canada is becoming more and more a multilingual society in the wake of growing numbers of immigrants whose mother tongue is neither English nor French, according to new data from the 2001 Census. Mother tongue is defined as the first language a person learned at home in childhood and still understood at the time of the census.


Wage progression of less skilled workers

Less skilled workers could substantially improve their prospect of earnings by staying at their jobs for certain periods of time. They could update their skills by acquiring more education. But if that is not feasible, the second best thing for them to do is to accumulate specific knowledge of the firm, as well as experience.


Trends in immigrant self-employment

Immigrants who arrived in Canada in the 1990s were far more likely to be self-employed than immigrants who arrived in the 1980s. Although recent immigrants who were self-employed earned less than similar Canadian-born self-employed workers, this gap did not increase throughout the 1980s and 1990s as it did for recent immigrants in paid jobs.


Household spending

Households in Canada spent an average of $57,730 in 2001 on everything from food, shelter and clothing to recreation and travel. This was up 3.4% from $55,830 in 2000, slightly higher than the rate of inflation of 2.6% as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The proportion of the household budget allocated to the four largest spending categories remained largely unchanged. Personal taxes claimed an estimated 21% of the average household budget. Shelter claimed about 19%; transportation, 13%; and food, 11%.


Immigrants in rural Canada

Canada's rural regions have yet to benefit fully from the country's influx of immigrants, which has been Canada's main source of population growth for a number of years.For rural communities that are watching young people leave for the cities in growing numbers, attracting immigrants is seen as an important strategy for development.


Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost

Slower economic growth was associated with a slowdown in third-quarter labour productivity growth in the business sector. The quarterly growth rate in productivity was only 0.2%, compared with 0.7% in the second quarter and 0.9% in the first. This was the slowest productivity growth rate since the third quarter of 2001.


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