Telling Canada's story in numbers

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Telling Canada's story in numbers

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In 2017, Statistics Canada joined other Government of Canada institutions to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. To celebrate, we told Canada's story in numbers, and there was quite a story to tell! From the Canada Year Book, first published in 1867, to releases in The Daily, Statistics Canada's data have chronicled the lives of Canadians throughout our history.

So, what did we bring to the party?

  • A speaker series.
  • A Young Statisticians contest to encourage young Canadians to express themselves in a creative and engaging way using Canada 150 key themes.
  • A blog series that shared the views of historians, genealogists, academics and students on how statistics tell Canada's story in numbers.
  • Numerous online activities that provided a historical perspective of Canada and demonstrated the depth and wealth of Statistics Canada's information.

Check out the StatCan Blog to learn more about how we continue to tell Canada's story in numbers.

Our contest – My story in numbers

Behind every number is a story, and we want to hear yours!

** The contest is now closed. **

As young Canadians, you all have unique stories to tell about yourself, your family, community, region, province, territory or Canada. We want to hear your story—in the artistic format of your choice—to show our country through the lens of statistics and, more importantly, through the eyes of our Canadian youth!

Cool prizes courtesy of the Statistical Society of Canada

1st place → $1,000

2nd place → $500

3rd place → $250

Deadline: December 1, 2017

For more details, visit the contest webpage: My Story in numbers!

Our blog: Connecting Stats, Stories and People

Our monthly blog Connecting Stats, Stories and People featured compelling interviews with key data users and stakeholders on how, together, we continue to tell Canada's story in numbers. To mark Canada 150 throughout 2017, the blog featured the views of historians, genealogists, academics, students, and other experts.

Our Speaker series – Canada 150

This speaker series brought together academics, historians, students, policy makers, community organizations and practitioners to discuss Canada's story, as we tell it in numbers. These events focused on ethnocultural diversity, families and the environment, and highlighted interesting historical research in each area.

October 31, 2017 – The changing nature of Canada's environment and economy

September 21, 2017 – A glimpse into the past: Using historical censuses to research Canadian families

April 25, 2017 – The story of Canada's ethnocultural diversity in numbers

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Discover your Canada in numbers, then and now

Here is a selection of statistical information to celebrate Canada's identity; its ethnic, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity; and its rich history and heritage.

Canada Day... by the numbers

This 'By the numbers' article presents interesting facts compiled to portray Canada's ethnocultural diversity, our national identity, land and natural environment, and more.

Read other By the numbers articles.

Video – Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

Check out this video featuring Canada through the lens of statistics.

Video – Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

Canada at a Glance

Canada at a Glance presents current statistics on Canadian demography, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, household, economy, travel, finance, agriculture, foreign trade and environment.

Updated yearly, Canada at a Glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics.

View previous editions of Canada at a Glance.

Canada Year Book Historical Collection

Discover Canada's social and economic past through the people, events and facts that have shaped this vast country, from 1867 to 1967. Please note that this historical collection has been archived but remains available on our website for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.

View the most recent editions of Canada Year Book.

Historical Statistics of Canada

Published in 1983, this source of historical statistics contains more than 1,000 data tables on the social, economic and institutional conditions of Canada, from the start of Confederation in 1867 to the mid-1970s. Please note that this publication has been archived but remains available on our website for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.

Learn more about Canada 150

Logo of Canada 150

Other celebrations took place across Canada throughout the year to mark this important anniversary. For more information, visit Canada 150.

Rediscover Canadian history from Confederation to today with the Library and Archives Canada heritage collection. Visit:

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