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Residential investment drives first quarter of the year

Residential investment drives first quarter of the year

May 17, 2021

The total value of investment in building construction rose 9.3% to $53.1 billion in the first quarter, stemming from continued strength in the residential sector (+12.4%). Investment for residential buildings reached $39.5 billion, largely because of higher spending on single units in Ontario (+21.8%) and Quebec (+24.9%).

Read more: "Investment in building construction, March 2021"

Private television and radio broadcasters have been hit hard by the pandemic

May 14, 2021

Canadians may have been spending a lot more time at home and in front of a screen during the pandemic, but that did not translate into higher revenues for private television broadcasters.

In fact, total advertising revenues for private TV stations fell 17.4% to $1.3 billion in 2020, while pay and specialty channels reported a 14.6% drop to just over $1 billion.

The decline was even more pronounced for private radio stations, where revenue fell 23.5% to just over $1 billion, the lowest level since 2003.

Read more: "Heard on the Radio and seen on TV: Radio and TV Broadcasting, 2020"

Canola area is expected to rise for the first time since 2017

May 10, 2021

Canola area is expected to increase for the first time since 2017, rising 3.6% to 21.5 million acres—the largest seeded area since 2018. Farmers in Saskatchewan, the largest canola producing province, anticipate seeding 11.8 million acres of canola.

Read more: "Study: Principal field crop areas, March 2021"


Data-driven Insights on Black communities in Canada

February 22, 2021

Every year, Statistics Canada is proud to join our partners and all Canadians in celebrating Black History Month, which honours and celebrates the rich history, achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have helped to shape this country we all know and love.

In honour of this important month, Statistics Canada will host its latest A Data Story event, called: Statistics Canada: Data-driven Insights on Black communities in Canada on February 24.

The event will highlight StatCan’s valuable data and insights on Black communities in Canada. It will feature remarks by the Chief Statistician of Canada, Anil Arora, and a keynote address by Assistant Chief Statisticians Lynn-Barr-Telford and Greg Peterson, who are responsible for several areas of social and economic statistics, respectively.

Read more: "A Data Story"

Chief Statistician addresses Canadian Club

January 29, 2021

Anil Arora, the Chief Statistician of Canada, addressed the Canadian Club of Ottawa on Tuesday, January 26. Mr. Arora spoke on how StatCan has accelerated its efforts during COVID-19 to use data to better serve Canadians—and how partnerships with Statistics Canada can help leaders rebuild Canada's post-pandemic economy and society.

A recording of the address "Build back better: How data-driven insights will fuel Canada's post-pandemic recovery" is now available on the Canadian Club of Ottawa website.

To watch address: "Build back better: how data-driven insights will fuel canada's post-pandemic recovery"

Join Canada's Chief Statistician at the Canadian Club

January 19, 2021

Join Anil Arora, the Chief Statistician of Canada, online at the Canadian Club of Ottawa next Tuesday, January 26. Mr. Arora will be giving a keynote address "Build back better: How data-driven insights will fuel Canada's post-pandemic recovery" and taking part in a question and answer session.

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Time: 12-1pm EST

Read more: "Canadian Club of Ottawa - Upcoming Events"


How green is your neighbourhood?

How green is your neighbourhood?

May 19, 2021

People living in neighbourhoods with lots of green space have improved psychological health and enjoy various other health benefits, such as a lower risk of death, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and adverse birth outcomes, according to recent reports.

Today’s Health Reports looks at urban greenness and the characteristics of people living in neighbourhoods that rank high or low in greenness.

Lower-income households, recent immigrants, young adults, tenants, and people belonging to groups designated as visible minorities were less likely to live in areas with greenness.

Inequalities in residential greenness may add to the health inequities already faced by these groups, according to the report.

Read more: "Ethnocultural and socioeconomic disparities in exposure to residential greenness within urban Canada"

Family stress impacting Canadians’ mental health in 2020

Family stress impacting Canadians’ mental health

May 17, 2021

For many Canadians, the challenges of physical distancing, reduced ability to work, and pressures related to taking care of their family in isolation may lead to greater anxiety, loneliness, and stress.

A recent study showed one in three Canadians reporting concerns about family stress due to confinement related to physical distancing and social isolation. Respondents with children under 18 living in their household were more likely to report decreased mental health, than those without children.

Findings suggest that family stress appears to be an important factor over and above other concerns related to the impact of COVID-19 among Canadians.

Read more: "Understanding the perceived mental health of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic"

A look at frailty in older Canadians

May 3, 2021

When it comes to health, older Canadians with even minor levels of frailty face much greater risks than those who are not frail.

In a recent study, frail older adults had at least three times the risk of death from all causes over a 3-to-5 year follow-up period compared with those who were robust. Even individuals who were classified as pre-frail had a 50% increased risk of death.

Frailty is characterized by increased vulnerability resulting from an accumulation of age- or disease-associated deficits. It is associated with aging but not synonymous with the normal aging process. About 15% of people aged 65 to 74 years are frail and half (48%) of those aged 85 or older are frail

Read more: "Association of frailty and pre-frailty with increased risk of mortality among older Canadians"


Profile of foreign agricultural workers

May 12, 2021

Foreign agricultural workers are a growing segment of the Canadian labour force. They come to plant and harvest seasonal crops and to support animal and aquaculture production.

A new study examines trends in employment and the earnings of foreign workers in agriculture.

  • One in five workers employed in crop production in 2017 was a foreign worker
  • Almost half of all foreign workers in agriculture come from Mexico
  • About one in seven foreign workers in agriculture who obtained their first permit in 2013 obtained permanent resident status in the five years following their first entry
  • Foreign workers in animal production earned more on average than foreign workers in other agriculture subsectors in 2017

Read more: "Foreign workers in the Canadian agriculture industry"

Nurses working overtime during COVID-19

May 12, 2021

The annual celebration of International Nurses Day on May 12th hits close to home this year, as Canadian nurses continue to battle increased physiological demands, physical exertion, and high work stress amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses’ weekly overtime hours increased from 6.6 hours in April 2019 to 9.7 hours in April 2020 and from 5.8 hours in May 2019 to 10.3 hours in May 2020, while the proportion of Canadians working overtime in other professional occupations dropped significantly to about 20% in 2020, from 28% in 2019.

Read more: "Overtime work among professional nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic"

Foreign workers support food manufacturing

May 5, 2021

Each year, foreign workers arrive in Canada to support the food manufacturing sector. They work in a variety of industries—meat production, bakeries and tortilla manufacturing, and in dairy and seafood preparation and packaging.

A new study examines trends in employment and the earnings of foreign workers in food manufacturing.

Almost half of all foreign workers employed in food manufacturing in 2017 came from Mexico, France, China, India or the Philippines.

Read more: "Foreign workers in the Canadian food manufacturing industry"


Measuring corporate diversity

Measuring corporate diversity

May 19, 2021

Despite gains, women and visible minority groups continue to be underrepresented in leadership and decision making positions as board members and officers at Canada’s corporations, according to a new study that examines the diversity gap.

  • In 2016-2017, about 1 in 10 women executives belonged to a visible minority group relative to about 1 in 5 in the overall working population.
  • Women officers were less likely to be in top roles—1 in 10 women executives was president.
  • Average total income for women executives was $495,600, about 56% less than $1.1 million for men executives.

Read more: "Diversity Among Board Directors and Officers: Exploratory Estimates on Family, Work and Income"

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

May 7, 2021

Canadians of Asian heritage have helped build our great country. This month, we highlight and celebrate their contributions to Canada’s past, present and future.

Almost half of the immigrant population in Canada was born in Asia. Asia has remained the top source continent for immigrants in recent years. From 2017 to 2019, 63.5% of newcomers to Canada were born in Asia (including the Middle East). This is a slightly higher proportion than that observed from 2011 to 2016, when 61.8% of newcomers to Canada were born in Asia.

According to Statistics Canada population projections, by 2036, immigrants born in Asia could represent between 55.7% and 57.9% of all immigrants.

Read more: "Asian Heritage Month... by the numbers"

Statistics on human trafficking

May 5, 2021

There were over 500 incidents of police-reported human trafficking in 2019, 44% more than a year earlier. At 1.4 incidents per 100,000 people, the 2019 rate was the highest since comparable data became available in 2009.

  • 95% of victims were girls and women.
  • more than one in five victims were girls aged 17 and younger.
  • 38% of human trafficking incidents were cleared by police, compared with 61% of all violent crime.
  • less than 7% of human trafficking charges resulted in a guilty finding, compared with 31% of all violent crime charges.

Read more: "Police report a record high number of human trafficking incidents in Canada in 2019"

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