StatCan Blog

March 19, 2014
Modelling Canada’s tomorrows

Ever wonder how statisticians project the number of retirees living in Vancouver in 2030 or the number of people working in 2050? Or possible impacts of a tax increase or a policy change?

The answer is simple: We build microsimulation models by using existing data to create communities of virtual people.

February 19, 2014
Fresh Daily

It has been the official voice of Statistics Canada since 1932. Through war and peace, electrical failures and ice storms, social and technological change and evolving trends, The Daily has carried the data of the day to Canadians.

The Daily is important to Statistics Canada. Every new product or dataset must be announced to the public in The Daily, in keeping with agency policy.

January 22, 2014

When the Dominion Bureau of Statistics came into being with the passing of the Statistics Act of 1918, Robert H. Coats was named as the first Dominion Statistician, and given the daunting task of forming the new bureau.

"Statistics wear a dry-as-dust and repellant look to many," Mr. Coats said. "The statistics of a nation are, in point of fact, the quantitative expression of the character and activities of the people and, hence, are of the most profound significance."

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