More than 21 million visitors check out the StatCan website each year. We are looking for ways to make life a little simpler for each and every one of them.
As the world of data publishing has evolved, so has the StatCan site, moving quickly from presenting static tables to generating dynamic ones online. Most visitors have followed the changes with relative ease and they can find the information they need. But many visitors have also told us—sometimes loudly—that it is time to rethink how we publish data and to build something simpler.
One of the perks of working at Statistics Canada is that it is easy to win arguments. The trick is to start every sentence with "According to Statistics Canada..." and then rhyme off a long, impressive string of statistics.
This trick makes StatCan employees extremely popular at summertime barbeques and other social gatherings.
Time series are the gold standard of statistical analysis. By measuring the same things in the same way over time, we can develop unique insights into the nature and scope of change over time. Are we richer or poorer? Older or younger? Buying more or less?
Statistics Canada has a long history of producing time series in social statistics, like the Census, and in economic statistics, like the System of National Accounts.