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.
- January 2018 – The next generation of storytellers and statisticians: The winners of our Canada 150 contest
- November 2017 – Towards a green energy future fueled by data with Andrew J. Leach of the University of Alberta
- September 2017 – Using historical censuses to research Canadian families with Lisa Dillon from the Université de Montréal
- August 2017 – The vital role of statistics in public policy and good governance with William B. P. Robson of the C.D. Howe Institute
- July 2017 – Enhancing Canadians' knowledge of their country with Jack Jedwab of the Association for Canadian Studies
- June 2017 – Learning about Canada's diverse families through Nora Spinks from The Vanier Institute of the Family
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
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.
These Canadian Megatrends explore some of the sweeping changes that have had a lasting impact on Canadian society and the economy. Happy reading!
- Canada's exports over time: Resources and manufactured goods
- Canadian youth and full-time work: A slower transition
- From east to west: 140 years of interprovincial migration
- The evolution of Canadian tourism, 1946 to 2015
- 150 years of immigration in Canada
- The evolution of English–French bilingualism in Canada from 1901 to 2011
Read other Canadian Megatrends.
2016 Census of Population
On February 8, 2017, Statistics Canada started to publish the latest chapter in the story of our country and its people. Visit Census Program.
- Education in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census
- Children with an immigrant background: Bridging cultures
- Ethnic and cultural origins of Canadians: Portrait of a rich heritage
- Linguistic integration of immigrants and official language populations in Canada
- Welcome to Canada: 150 years of immigration
- The Canadian families of today and yesteryear
- Population trends in Canada by age and sex
- 150 years of population growth in Canada
- 150 years of urbanization in Canada
These infographics present key information derived from our data on a variety of topics.
- Canada's educational portrait, 2016 Census of Population
- Canadians in the workforce, 2016 Census of Population
- The Aboriginal population in Canada
- Aboriginal languages in Canada
- Immigrant population in Canada
- Gateways to immigration in Canada, 2016 Census of Population
- Portrait of households and families in Canada
- A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics
- 150 years of Canadian Agriculture
- Population Trends by Age and Sex, 2016 Census of Population
- Annual Average Growth Rate, Natural Increase and Migratory Increase per Intercensal Period, Canada, 1851 To 2056
- Population Growth in Canada
- Proud to be Canadian
Check out other infographics.
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
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: Canada.ca/OnThisDay.