Telling Canada's story in numbers

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Telling Canada's story in numbers

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This year, Statistics Canada is joining other Government of Canada institutions to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. To celebrate, we will be telling Canada's story in numbers, and there is 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 are we bringing to the party?

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

Details concerning these activities will be announced on this page shortly. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the StatCan Blog to learn about how we are telling Canada's story in numbers.

Happy Canada 150!

Enter in our contest My story in numbers

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

** The contest is now closed. **

Are you between 8 and 18 years old? StatCan is looking for writers, photographers, videographers and multimedia artists to participate in the contest My story in numbers.

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

The three winners will also receive a promotional basket of Canada 150 items, courtesy of Canadian Heritage.

Deadline: December 1, 2017

To enter or to get more details, visit the contest webpage My Story in numbers!

Read about 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

Join the conversation as we tell Canada's story in numbers

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To learn interesting facts about Canada and get the latest updates on our planned activities to mark Canada 150, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Join the conversation using the hashtags #Canada150 and #ByTheNumbers!

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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 seen 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

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Other celebrations will take place across Canada throughout the year to mark this important anniversary in Canada's history. For more information, visit Canada 150.

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

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