Statistics Canada

Restoring Canada Starts With Reinstating the Long-Form Census

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Restoring the long form Census could be the defining characteristics of the new Liberal government. Unlike the Harper Conservatives, who governed by ideology and did not let data or facts dissuade them, the Liberals should embrace evidence-based planning and governance. It will be timely because in the world of big data analytics, turning our back on data, as the Conservatives did, has harmed Canada's competitiveness.

Self-Employment Rises With Joblessness StatsCan Study Shows

CBC | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Business

More half a million Canadians enter the ranks of the self-employed every year, with even more opting for self-employment when joblessness is high, a n...

Unemployment Rate Rises Amid Big Job Losses In Ontario

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Business

Canada's unemployment rate rose by a notch in September as the country added a tepid 12,000 jobs, Statistics Canada reported Friday. However, those...

Seniors Outnumber Kids Under 14 In Canada For The First Time

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living

The shift was driven by a trend that took root in 2011 and has continued to accelerate — the aging of the baby boomers

Canadian Retail Sales Rose In July: Statistics Canada

CP Business | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Business

Higher sales were reported at motor vehicle and parts dealers and clothing and clothing accessories stores.

Canadians' Energy Costs Plunge

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's inflation rate in August was 1.3 per cent, unchanged from the previous month, as a drop in energy prices continued to be a moderatin...

Teamwork Helps Students Address Financial Challenges

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

The post-secondary years are the ideal time to lock in great habits and fill any gaps in your children's financial education. Regardless of whether there are savings set aside or loans to be taken, managing the dollars matters. It's our young people who gain the most from good advice as they take on increased responsibility.

How to Design a Budget That Works for You

Andrew Tai | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

Perhaps all we really need is an ability to follow a proper budget. You may have one already but if it's not informing your financial decisions, then it's worthless. The sooner you admit that, the better.

Wages Are Falling In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Business

Canadians’ average weekly earnings saw an unusually steep fall in May, according to data from Statistics Canada. The latest survey of payroll emp...

$43 Billion. Retail Sales Up 1.0 Per Cent

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 1.0 per cent to $43 billion in May, the third increase in four months.Sales were up in nine of 11 su...

How to Strengthen Your Financial Fluency

Jeff Cates | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Regardless of your age, your job or your personal interests, the topic of money will always be relevant to you. You've likely heard terms "money management" and "financial literacy" countless times before, and with good reason -- having a clear understanding of your finances is non-negotiable if you hope to have a sound plan for your present and your future.

B.C.'s Housing Escalators: One Goes Up, One Goes Down

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

While everyone's been furiously pointing fingers at each other over Vancouver's skyrocketing house prices, little attention has been paid to the other side of most real estate transactions: the pay stub.

Two-Income Families Have Doubled In Canada, StatsCan Finds

CBC | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Business

Families with both parents working are a substantial majority in Canada, with 69 per cent of couples with a child under 16 years of age having two inc...

Canadian EI Claims Up For 1st Time In 5 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the number of people getting employment insurance benefits rose to 517,900 in March — up 2,600 from the same month...

Retail Sales In Canada Stop Falling

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Retail sales in Canada posted a gain of 1.7 per cent in February following two consecutive monthly declines.Statistics Canada says retail sal...

Canadian Household Debt Hits Record High, Again

CP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the ratio of household debt to disposable income hit a new high in the fourth quarter as incomes increased at a slower...

Census Debate Roars Back

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A pair of duelling bills is putting the debate over the census and the work of Statistics Canada back on the floor of the House of Commons.A ...

Do You Know Where Your Money Really Goes?

Anita Saulite | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Business
Anita Saulite

The reality is most of us have no idea where our money goes, and because of this it feels like there is never enough. But the irony is taking control of our personal finances and allocating only one hour a week to it, has the power to make us feel more in control and confident about our personal financial situation and future.

Household Debt Hits All-Time High

CP/HuffPost Canada | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business

Canadian household debt reached an all-time high in the third quarter of 2014, Reuters reports. Average household debt reached 162.6 per cent of av...

Canada's Homicide Rate At Lowest Since 1966

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada

OTTAWA - The country's homicide rate fell last year to 1.44 victims for every 100,000 people, its lowest level since 1966, Statistics Canada reported ...

Canada's Seniors Population To Soar By 2063

CBC | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada

Canada faces a big demographic shift over the next 50 years, with a growing number of seniors and a movement of people to Western Canada, says a repo...

Canada's Manufacturing Sales Hit All-Time High

CP | Craig Wong, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's manufacturing sector posted record sales for July and topped expectations as it gained 2.5 per cent.Statistics Canada said Tuesday t...

StatsCan Makes Huge Correction To July Jobs Report

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The once-unimpeachable reputation of the country's national number-cruncher suffered a body blow Friday when Statistics Canada was forced to ...

Oops: StatsCan Removes Unemployment Data Over 'Error'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Business

Statistics Canada has taken the rare move of pulling an unemployment report offline, due to “an error in processing” of July’s labour market num...

When Harper Killed the Census He Robbed Canadians

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

An ad in the Globe and Mail reveals the extent of harm the Harper Conservatives have inflicted on Statistics Canada. Because of poor quality, Statistics Canada is not releasing data at finer spatial scales because the Harper Conservatives killed the mandatory long-form Census and replaced it with a voluntary survey of dubious quality.