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  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019002
    Description:

    This infographic presents results from the 2017 General Social Survey on families; more specifically the co-residence of adult children with their parents. The population of interest is of Canadians 18 years of age and over living with both parents, their mother only or their father only.

    Release date: 2019-02-15

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201903819983
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-02-07

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019001
    Description:

    This infographic presents results from the 2017 General Social Survey on families; more specifically grandparents in Canada. The population of interest is Canadians aged 45 and over who are grandparents.

    Release date: 2019-02-07

  • Table: 39-10-0044-01
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    The number of grandparents in Canada and the provinces for 1995 and 2017, by geography, age groups 45 and over, and sex.

    Release date: 2019-02-07

  • Public use microdata: 98M0001X
    Description:

    The Individuals File, 2016 Census Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF) provides data on the characteristics of the Canadian population. The file contains a 2.7% sample of anonymous responses to the 2016 Census questionnaire. The files have been carefully scrutinized to ensure the complete confidentiality of the individual responses and geographic identifiers have been restricted to provinces/territories and metropolitan areas. With 123 variables, this comprehensive tool is excellent for policy analysts, pollsters, social researchers and anyone interested in modelling and performing statistical regression analysis using the Census.

    Microdata files uniquely provide users access to non-aggregated data. The PUMFs user can group and manipulate these variables to suit data and research requirements. Tabulations excluded from other Census products can be created or relationships between variables can be analyzed using different statistical tests. PUMFs provide quick access to a comprehensive social and economic database about Canada and its people.

    This product contains the data file (in ASCII format); user documentation and supporting information; all licence agreements; and SAS, SPSS and Stata program source codes to enable users to read the set of records. It is important to note that users will require knowledge of data manipulation packages (or software) such as SAS, SPSS or Stata to use this product.

    Release date: 2019-02-05

  • Table: 95F0199X1996002
    Description:

    Series Description - The Basic Summary Tabulations Series (1996 Census of Population) provides data based on approximately 75 cross-tabulations of three or four census variables at five very detailed levels of geography. This series shows specific characteristics of the Canadian population considered either as individuals or in terms of their family or household relations, or with a characteristic pertaining to Canadian dwellings. The BSTs provide data based on a 20% sample except for Age, Sex, Marital Status and Common-law Status which are collected from a 100% sample.

    These tables are available on diskette and cover all census variable information such as Demographics; Families (Number, Type and Structure); Structural Type of Dwelling and Household Size; Immigration and Citizenship; Languages (e.g. Mother Tongue); Aboriginal Origins, Ethnic Origin and Visible Minorities (Population Groups); Labour Market Activities and Household Activities (unpaid work); Place of Work and Mode of Transportation; Education; Mobility and Migration; as well as Individual and Family Income.

    For ease in understanding the five levels of geography, the OLC numbers have related the last 3 digits to reflect the different geographies. See the information below.

    **Under Geographic Coverage, we have listed the five geographies with OLC numbers.

    BSTs ending with the following OLC #s represent:

    001 - Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions002 - Census Metropolitan Areas, Tracted Census Agglomerations and Census Tracts003 - Canada, Provinces, Territories, Federal Electoral Districts (1987 Representation Order) and Enumeration Areas004 - Canada, Provinces, Territories and Federal Electoral Districts (1996 Representation Order)005 - Canada, Provinces, Territories and Forward Sortation Areas

    Release date: 2019-01-14

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X2018346232
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2018-12-12

  • Thematic map: 39-26-0001
    Description:

    The Canadian Housing Statistics Program (CHSP) produces a comprehensive repository of statistics that covers numerous aspects of the housing sector, including property and owner characteristics. As the amount of data produced increases, the CHSP has introduced thematic maps to help people, business owners, academics, and management at all levels, to understand key information derived from the data by representing it visually at the geographical level. Thematic maps can be used quickly to communicate a message, to simplify the presentation of large amounts of data, to see data patterns and relationships and to monitor changes in variables over time.

    These thematic maps will provide a quick overview of CHSP repository data.

    Release date: 2018-12-11

  • Table: 32-10-0084-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Every 5 years
    Description:

    Census and economic families of farm operators classified by farm type and share of family income earned by operators. Farm type is based on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Data is derived from the linkage between the Census of Agriculture and the Census of Population, providing a socioeconomic overview of the farm population every five years, for Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2018-11-27

  • Table: 95-633-X
    Description:

    This product presents selected data from the linkage between the Census of Agriculture and the Census of Population at the national and provincial levels. It provides a socioeconomic profile of the farm population at the person, family, household and farm levels and includes variables such as age, sex, marital status, country of birth, mother tongue, educational attainment and income.

    Release date: 2018-11-27
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  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X19960022830
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    In 1994, a total of 159,959 marriages were performed in Canada, up only slightly from 159,316 the year before. This small increase had no effect on the crude marriage rate, which remained at 5.5 marriages per 1,000 population. Aside from a brief upturn in the late 1980s, Canada's marriage rate has fallen quite steadily since the early 1970s. The overall decline is also evident when rates are disaggregated by the prior marital status of the bride and groom (single, divorced or widowed). Since 1974, the average ages of brides and grooms have risen about five years to 30.1 and 32.6, respectively. Nonetheless, the peak ages for marriage are the twenties. In this age range, women's marriage rates exceed those of men, but at older ages, men's rates are higher. And at progressively older ages, a growing proportion of grooms have brides at least 10 years their junior. The marriage patterns of Quebec residents differ from those of other Canadians. Quebec residents are much more likely to remain single or live common-law, and if they do marry, they are slightly more likely to divorce. Once divorced or widowed, people in Quebec are less likely than those in the rest of Canada to remarry. This article is based on data compiled by Statistics Canada from marriage registration forms provided by the central Vital Statistics Registry in each province and territory.

    Release date: 1996-11-18

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X19960012527
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    The official unemployment rate released each month is based on individuals. Also released, but less recognized, are family-based rates. Unemployment rates for individuals and families are compared using data from two different sources over the period 1980 to 1993.

    Release date: 1996-03-12

  • Articles and reports: 75F0002M1993018
    Description:

    This paper evaluates alternatives for weighting persons who join households after a respondent panel has been selected.

    Release date: 1995-12-30

  • Articles and reports: 75F0002M1995013
    Description:

    This paper describes the empirical data that will be available from Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) to help explain the choices women make in balancing home, family and work aspects of their lives.

    Release date: 1995-12-30

  • Articles and reports: 11F0019M1995082
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    Our aim in this paper is to resolve a paradox. Since the 1970s, there has been a downward secular trend in the average real and relative earnings of young adults under the age of 35. Despite the fact that most young children live in households headed by adults under 35, there has been no corresponding secular rise in the incidence of low income among children. Rather child poverty has followed the usual fluctuations of the business cycle.

    We show that the relative stability in child poverty rates in the face of declining labour market earnings is a result of two factors. First, the decline in market income in young households with children has been offset by rising transfers. Since the 1970s, social transfers have replaced earnings as the main source of income among low income families with children.

    Second, changes in the fertility behaviour and labour market characteristics of young adults have sharply reduced the risk of young children growing up in low income households. Today's young parents are better educated, working more hours, having fewer children, and postponing child-birth until later ages when earnings are higher. Although more children do find themselves in single parent families, this change has been swamped by other changes in family patterns and labour market behaviour that have reduced the risk of child poverty.

    Thus, the upward pressure on low income among children stemming from the labour market has been offset by social transfers, on the one hand, and by changes in family formation and the labour market behaviour of young adults, on the other. Except for cyclical variations, the result has been relative stability in the incidence of low income among children over the 1980s and early 1990s. Whether these offsetting patterns will continue in the last half of the 1990s remains to be seen.

    Release date: 1995-09-30

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X19950021590
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    Over the last decade, moonlighting has increased significantly. A look at the incidence of multiple jobholding in husband-wife families.

    Release date: 1995-06-01

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X19950021591
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    How many combined weekly hours do dual-earner couples usually work? A discussion of the differing effects of the presence and age of children on the hours worked and a look at some characteristics of the spouses.

    Release date: 1995-06-01

  • 198. Adults living solo Archived
    Articles and reports: 75-001-X19940041564
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    A profile of adults aged 30 to 54 living alone, compared with other Canadians the same age.

    Release date: 1994-12-14

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X199300368
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    Women have traditionally been responsible for housework; now the majority of them also face the demands of job outside the home. This study looks at how working parents manage domestic chores.

    Release date: 1993-09-01

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X1992002115
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    A study of alimony and child support payments in Canada, according to selected characteristics of both recipients and payers.

    Release date: 1992-06-03
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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 98-509-X
    Description:

    This product presents 2016 Census highlights on core housing need. Tables and a figure feature distributions, rates and multiple dimensions of core housing need from current and previous censuses for various levels of geography. A short explanation of the indicator and references to other resources as well as downloadable materials are also provided.

    Release date: 2017-11-15

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 98-500-X2016002
    Description:

    This guide focuses on the following topic: Family variables. Provides information that enables users to effectively use, apply and interpret data from the 2016 Census. Each guide contains definitions and explanations on census concepts, talks about changes made to the 2016 Census, data quality and historical comparability, as well as comparison with other data sources. Additional information will be included for specific variables to help general users better understand the concepts and questions used in the census.

    Release date: 2017-08-02

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 98-501-X2016004
    Description:

    The Families, households and marital status Release and concepts overview provides an overview of the concepts, definitions and key measures used in the 2016 Census of Population Families, households and marital status release, as well as the products which will be available on release day and later.

    Release date: 2017-06-16

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 99-014-X2011007
    Description:

    This reference guide provides information that enables users to effectively use, apply and interpret data from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). This guide contains definitions and explanations of concepts, classifications, data quality and comparability to other sources. Additional information is included for specific variables to help general users better understand the concepts and questions used in the NHS.

    Release date: 2013-09-11

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 99-000-X2011001
    Description:

    The National Household Survey (NHS) Dictionary is a reference document which contains detailed definitions of concepts, universes, variables, and geographic terms used in the NHS. By referring to the NHS Dictionary, both beginner and intermediate data users will gain a better understanding of the data.

    Release date: 2013-05-08

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 99-000-X
    Description:

    The National Household Survey (NHS) Dictionary is a reference document which contains detailed definitions of concepts, universes, variables, and geographic terms used in the NHS. By referring to the NHS Dictionary, both beginner and intermediate data users will gain a better understanding of the data.

    Release date: 2013-05-08

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 98-312-X2011005
    Description:

    This guide focuses on the following topic: Family variables. Provides information that enables users to effectively use, apply and interpret data from the 2011 Census. Each guide contains definitions and explanations on census concepts, talks about changes made to the 2011 Census, data quality and historical comparability, as well as comparison with other data sources. Additional information will be included for specific variables to help general users better understand the concepts and questions used in the census.

    Release date: 2012-09-19

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 89-631-X
    Description:

    This report highlights the latest developments and rationale behind recent cycles of the General Social Survey (GSS). Starting with an overview of the GSS mandate and historic cycle topics, we then focus on two recent cycles related to families in Canada: Family Transitions (2006) and Family, Social Support and Retirement (2007). Finally, we give a summary of what is to come in the 2008 GSS on Social Networks, and describe a special project to mark 'Twenty Years of GSS'.

    The survey collects data over a twelve month period from the population living in private households in the 10 provinces. For all cycles except Cycles 16 and 21, the population aged 15 and older has been sampled. Cycles 16 and 21 sampled persons aged 45 and older.

    Cycle 20 (GSS 2006) is the fourth cycle of the GSS to collect data on families (the first three cycles on the family were in 1990, 1995 and 2001). Cycle 20 covers much the same content as previous cycles on families with some sections revised and expanded. The data enable analysts to measure conjugal and fertility history (chronology of marriages, common-law unions, and children), family origins, children's home leaving, fertility intentions, child custody as well as work history and other socioeconomic characteristics. Questions on financial support agreements or arrangements (for children and the ex-spouse or ex-partner) for separated and divorced families have been modified. Also, sections on social networks, well-being and housing characteristics have been added.

    Release date: 2008-05-27

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 97-554-G
    Description:

    This guide focuses on the following demographic variable: Housing and dwelling characteristics.

    Release date: 2008-05-01

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 97-553-G2006003
    Description:

    This guide focuses on the following topic: Family variables.

    Provides information that enables users to effectively use, apply and interpret data from the 2006 Census. Each guide contains definitions and explanations on census concepts, data quality and historical comparability. Additional information will be included for specific variables to help general users better understand the concepts and questions used in the census.

    Release date: 2007-10-31

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