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New motor vehicle sales keep on trucking
January 15, 2021
Canadians bought 131,745 new motor vehicles in November, down 17.2% from October and down 9.9% compared with November last year. New truck sales (108,031) once again outpaced car sales (23,714) by a wide margin.
The November results were not surprising given that almost three out of every four new motor vehicles sold in Canada in 2019 were light trucks, which includes minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light trucks and vans.
Light trucks were most popular on the Prairies in 2019, accounting for five out of six new vehicles sold in Manitoba, six of seven vehicles sold in Alberta and seven of eight vehicles sold in Saskatchewan.
Temporary foreign agricultural workers - Helping to produce our food
January 11, 2021
Every year, workers come from around the world to pick crops, prune trees, operate machinery and handle livestock on Canadians farms.
In 2018, they filled 54,734 jobs on 3,846 farms, primarily in Ontario and Quebec. More than half of the workers came from Mexico.
Over one-third of temporary foreign workers worked in the greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production industry. While the total number of agriculture employees remained relatively steady from 2016 to 2018, the number of temporary foreign farm workers increased by 13%.
The goods on consumer goods
January 7, 2021
Canadians are making different spending decisions during the pandemic and it shows in our trade data. Imports of consumer goods continued to rise in November as COVID-19 restrictions kept Canadians spending more time and money at home.
While personal protective equipment and pharmaceutical product imports made up some of that change, companies continue to import more household goods such as furniture, appliances, clothing and other food products to meet the increased demand.
Consumer goods imports were at record highs for the fourth straight month in November and were $1.6 billion higher compared with just prior to the pandemic in February.
Chief Statistician to address the Canadian Club
January 12, 2021
Anil Arora, the Chief Statistician of Canada, will address the Canadian Club of Ottawa on January 26th on how Statistics Canada has accelerated its efforts during COVID-19 to use data to better serve Canadians.
His keynote speech “Build back better: How data-driven insights will fuel Canada’s post-pandemic recovery” will be available free online.
Wishing you safe and happy holidays!
December 23, 2020
It's been quite a year and we have the data to prove to it. The record-breaking number of data releases published this year is proof of the magnitude of the impacts on our lives as a result of COVID-19. To keep track of this evolving narrative, Statistics Canada innovated, bringing new methods of data collection and release such as crowdsourcing, web panels, interactive dashboards and flash estimates.
This pandemic has touched every aspect of our lives—jobs, economy, education, leisure activities and crime—virtually all the data we track tell a story of seismic shifts or subtle changes. We have tracked all of these stories and countless more since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, and we have shared them with you every working day.
The story of 2020 is drawing to a close and we will be tallying up the final numbers early in the New Year.
We will begin publishing new content January 5, 2021. We wish you all safe and happy holidays!
December 7, 2020
Today, Statistics Canada introduces StatCanplus.
This new product is part of our quest to make statistics more accessible and understandable for all Canadians.
Through StatCanplus, we will be delivering more data, more often and sharing data from more regions of the country. We'll also be sharing news about events, webinars, and profiles of some of our data users.
Watch for your daily dose of data at StatCanplus.
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin
January 15, 2021
Vitamin D is an important vitamin for your health, and one that Canadians struggle with getting enough of during the winter months.
According to Health Canada, we need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
You can get enough vitamin D from the sun, certain foods, and supplements. But are Canadians getting enough of the sunshine vitamin?
In 2017, Canadians aged 20 to 79 increased their intake by nearly 9 nanomoles per litre from 2015.
Greater COVID-19 exposure for immigrants
January 14, 2021
Immigrants are more likely than other workers to be in jobs with a greater exposure to COVID-19, including long-term care, where the majority of deaths in Canada have occurred during the pandemic.
In 2016, more than one-third of the 245,500 people employed as nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates were immigrants, compared with less the one-quarter of employees in all other occupations.
The proportion of immigrants in these occupations was even higher in the country’s largest census metropolitan areas. In the Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, over 70% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates were immigrants.
Staff in long-term care facilities have been among the first in Canada to be offered the vaccines, which started arriving in mid-December.
How willing are Canadians to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
January 13, 2021
In a spring 2020 crowdsourcing survey, 58% of Canadians reported that they would be very likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it became available. An additional 19% reported that they were somewhat likely to get vaccinated.
Older Canadians—those aged 65 or older—reported more often (70%) than their younger counterparts aged 15 to 64 (52% to 58%) that they are very likely to get a vaccine.
More than 7 in 10 Canadians who had a university degree higher than a bachelor’s degree indicated that they are very likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine compared with about 6 in 10 bachelor’s degree holders.
Engaging labour experts
January 8, 2021
Statistics Canada has established an expert panel to guide the development of the Labour Force Survey (LFS), one of the agency’s most widely followed economic indicators.
The monthly survey is used to examine Canada’s evolving job market and includes national, provincial, territorial and regional employment and unemployment rates.
Composed of national and international experts from government, academia and non-governmental agencies, the LFS Expert Panel will provide independent advice and guidance on how best to continue developing the survey in response to evolving user interests and needs.
Which jobs might be in demand in the future?
January 7, 2021
Employment and Social Development Canada uses StatCan data in developing projections on the number of job openings and job seekers for 293 occupation at the national level, covering the entire workforce.
The Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) projects a total of 6.6 million job openings from 2019 to 2028, arising from employment growth, retirements and other sources.
The current COPS projections were completed in 2019, well before the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in exceptional and abrupt economic and labour market disruptions in Canada as well as abroad. However, the focus of the COPS projections is on long-term trends in occupational labour markets.
More women are entering skilled trades
January 7, 2021
Women make up nearly half of the Canadian workforce, but their numbers remain low in jobs that have traditionally been male-dominated, particularly those in the skilled trades.
Still, there has been a shift. From 2009 to 2019, women's representation among new entries in male-dominated trades increased from 3.7% to 5.9%. Over one-third of women who entered an apprenticeship program in 2019 were in a male-dominated trade, such as electricians, interior finishing and carpenters.
Over half choose trades where women are already well represented, such as hairstylists and estheticians, food services and early childhood educators.
Urban flight contributes to urban sprawl
January 14, 2021
Canada’s two largest cities of Toronto (-50,735) and Montréal (-24,880) continued to see more people moving out to other regions of their province rather than moving in from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020.
In Toronto, the net loss was mainly driven by people moving to surrounding census metropolitan areas (CMAs) such as Oshawa. High population growth rates in Farnham and Saint-Hippolyte were also mainly due to migratory flows from Montréal.
Urban sprawl also continued within Canada’s two largest CMAs. The municipalities of Milton and Brampton grew at the fastest pace among those within the Toronto CMA, while the municipality of Mirabel was the fastest growing in Montréal.
Trust and confidence in the police in Canada
January 12, 2021
News media in the United States has been dominated by stories of last week’s protests and rioting in the U.S. capital, and the police preparedness and response to that event.
Statistics Canada recently published data that shows the vast majority of Canadians in the provinces reported having confidence in the police in 2019. More specifically, 90% of Canadians aged 15 and older living in the provinces reported some or a great deal of confidence in the police.
Although the data for the article were collected prior to these events, the estimates are important baseline indicators for future comparisons of how perceptions of the police may have changed following these events.
A new guide to citing StatCan references
January 11, 2021
Here is some good news for researchers, authors, editors, students, librarians and academics who regularly use Statistics Canada data in their work.
Our updated guide, How to Cite Statistics Canada Products, is now available online.
The new edition covers a broader range of Statistics Canada's data products and makes building references easier than ever.
Statistics Canada has produced a variety of articles examining the economic and societal impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians. Explore all our articles related to COVID-19.
Data tables related to COVID-19
Serving Canadians while navigating a path to recovery
As we continue to move forward in these uncharted times, the importance of providing reliable statistics to Canadians becomes more evident. The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has fueled an extraordinary demand for real-time, high quality data on Canada's people, society and economy. In step with this demand, Statistics Canada hastened its data collection and dissemination of insights on the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and individuals.
Government of Canada resources
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