Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Deirdre Hennessy and Bill Flanagan, research analysts in the Health Analysis Division.
In today's digital society, 75% of household purchases are made using debit cards, credit cards, or pre-authorized payments. Wages are deposited directly and over a quarter of Canadians used online bulletin boards to sell products. All of this information flows between businesses and citizens digitally. Billions of transactions occur each year seamlessly, and in fact many institutions use the information available to routinely market products and services to Canadians.
Over the last year, Statistics Canada has been working to track the socio-economic implications of cannabis legalization, producing statistical insights into everything from rates of consumption, to the prices Canadians are paying across the country.
In a recent study, the agency looked at how accessible cannabis will be immediately following the change in legislation, relative to a similar regulated commodity: liquor.
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