The Business & Community Newsletter – February 2018

The Business & Community Newsletter

The New Year brings us some of the most recent regional data in Canada.

Therefore, with this in mind we are dedicating this month's newsletter to featuring province-by-province Canadian data on multiple topics in an effort to highlight what is happening in our country.

Feature articles


basket of fruitThe study Trends and correlates of frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption, 2007 to 2014 has data from the annual Canadian Community Health Survey.

Eating fruit and vegetables is recommended as part of a healthy diet. This study describes trends in the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption in Canada, the contribution of fruit juice to these trends, and correlates of the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption.

Between 2007 and 2014, the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption was consistently low. Those who reported consuming fruit and vegetables at least 5 times a day tended to be female, younger, in the highest household income quintile, and neither overweight nor obese.

For a regional perspective, look at the table Average frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption, including and excluding fruit juice, by sex, age group, household income, region and body mass index (BMI), household population aged 12 or older, Canada, 2007 and 2014.

Cannabis Stats Hub

cannabisVisit the new Cannabis Stats Hub which provides statistics related to the use, production and distribution of Cannabis in Canada using interactive graphs and tables. The statistical information is presented by theme such as health, justice, the economy and prices for both medical and non-medical cannabis.

Regional data is available under Health for Canadian's use of cannabis by age, sex, province and territory.

Non-medicinal purposes dominate cannabis spending

In 2017, about 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64 spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. This was equivalent to approximately $1,200 per cannabis consumer. The majority of the household spending on cannabis (over 90%) was for non-medical purposes. Read the article in the Daily "Cannabis Economic Account, 1961 to 2017" and view the provincial breakdowns in the CANSIM table 388-0011 Cannabis consumer prices.


Food services and drinking places, November 2017

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector edged down 0.2% to $5.8 billion in November. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.9% in the 12 months to November and prices for alcoholic beverages rose 1.4% over the same period.

Lower sales in British Columbia (-1.4%) and Alberta (-1.3%) were attributable to declines at full-service and limited-service restaurants. Higher sales were reported in Ontario (+0.4%) for the third consecutive month. Sales were also up in Quebec (+0.4%) and Nova Scotia (+1.4%).

To find out more, consult the dashboard entitled Food Services and Drinking Places Sales. This web application provides access to data on the sales of food services and drinking places for Canada, the provinces and territories. This dynamic application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data with interactive maps and charts.

Investment in new housing construction, November 2017

construction workersNew housing construction investment rose in seven provinces in November. The largest increase was in Alberta (+$105.3 million), followed closely by Ontario (+$101.0 million) and Quebec (+$97.3 million). Saskatchewan posted the largest decline (-$10.5 million or -9.6%) compared with November 2016.

New housing construction investment increased for all types of housing in four provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.

See this table for provincial comparisons.

Crime and Justice

Employment and Social Development Canada, Homeless Shelters

The data provides capacity statistics for homeless shelters in communities across the country.

Visit the detailed tables from CANSIM 278-0016 on homeless shelter capacity, bed and shelter counts for emergency shelters, transitional housing and violence against women shelters for Canada and provinces, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Numbers in Focus

Numbers in Focus - Shelter
Numbers in Focus - Shelter

Of all the provinces, in 2016 the largest share of consumption spent on shelter was seen in households in Ontario (30.9%) and British Columbia (30.0%). Households in Newfoundland and Labrador spent the smallest share on shelter. (23.7%).

Source: Survey of Household Spending, 2016

Numbers in Focus - Transportation
Numbers in Focus - Transportation

Households in Alberta ($15,318) and Saskatchewan ($14,522) spent the most on transportation among all the provinces, while households in Quebec ($9,652) spent the least.

Source: Survey of Household Spending, 2016

Did you know…?

Custom services

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Statistics Canada's Workshop Series

diagramOffered through our regional offices, our Workshop Series provides you with direct access to Statistics Canada's extensive survey methodology and analysis experience. From designing surveys to interpreting and using statistical data in your day-to-day business, we have the course to suit your needs. All instructors are professional staff with broad experience and knowledge in their field of expertise and in training.

Featured Workshops

Turning Statistics into Stories (1 Day) 10H0083

Join us for a one-day introductory workshop that will help you to communicate your message in a more effective manner. During this workshop, you will focus on your target audience, use statistics to present your story and put numbers into a context to help your audience understand your messages.

Learn some useful tips on how to use tables, graphs and maps to illustrate your story.

Emphasis is on getting your message across in five easy to follow steps:

  • State your key messages
  • Get the evidence
  • Understand the evidence
  • Match the data to your messages
  • Tell your story

Practice the five steps by using examples from Statistics Canada throughout the workshop.

For more information on this workshop, visit Turning Statistics into Stories (1 Day) 10H0083.

How to Use Census Data (1 Day)

Conducted every five years, the Census of Population is the most comprehensive source of data on the demographic, social and economic characteristics of Canadians.

The Census workshop is designed for those new to working with Census data or those who want to further develop their abilities in regards to working with Census concepts, methodology, geography and analysis.

The workshop material will explore the depth and breadth of data available and enhance participants' ability to use the 2016 Census resources effectively.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Review methodology and questionnaire content
  • Explore Census Geographies
  • Understand Census concepts and variables
  • Learn how to use Census Program website tools
  • Learn how to find and use Census data on the Statistics Canada website

For more information on this workshop, visit How to Use Census Data (1 Day).

Also worth reading

Study: The effect of labour demand on regional demographics, 2001 to 2015

people in business suitsThe Effect of Labour Demand on Regional Demographics article in the Economic Insights series assesses the degree to which changes in labour demand affect the working-age population and the regional demographic dependency ratio, based on a range of administrative data and Statistics Canada's population estimates.

Using administrative data, the study quantifies demographic changes observed in 76 economic regions that were characterized by different trends in labour demand from 2001 to 2015. The study takes advantage of the substantial differences in employment growth across economic regions. For example, from 2001 to 2008, the 8 economic regions in Alberta experienced paid employment growth that averaged about 19.0%—more than three times the amount registered in the economic regions of Quebec and Ontario.

Average paid employment growth in economic regions, by province and territory, 2001 to 2015
Table summary
This table displays the employment growth in economic regions, by province and territory (row headers) from 2001 to 2008 and 2008 to 2015, calculated using average paid employment growth (percent) units of measure (appearing as column headers).
2001 to 2008 2008 to 2015
Nunavut 16.4 11.8
Northwest Territories 5.9 0.3
Yukon 12.5 7.8
British Columbia 7.3 0.5
Alberta 19.3 6.1
Saskatchewan 11.1 2.3
Manitoba 6.3 3.8
Ontario 4.3 -1.0
Quebec 6.2 -0.5
New Brunswick 1.4 -4.0
Nova Scotia 2.1 -5.6
Prince Edward Island 2.6 -1.0
Newfoundland and Labrador 3.6 -6.0
Note: Paid employment growth is measured as the growth in the number of tax filers aged 15 to 64 who had some paid employment income in a given year.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Employer–Employee Dynamics Database.

In a context where population aging will pose a number of challenges, these results highlight the key role that employment growth may play to alter the demographics of regions.


Opioid awareness in Canada

Infographic - Opiate awareness in CanadaThis infographic looks at the level of awareness of Canadians regarding the opioid issue in Canada, as of November 2017. For further information on opioids in your province, please visit

By the Numbers…

Valentine's Day… by the numbers

February 14th is Valentine's Day!

Named for Saint Valentine, this is a day when people express their love by sending cards, exchanging gifts of chocolate, roses or personal items, and even sharing romantic dinners by candlelight.

Here are some facts on assorted topics available at Valentine's Day… by the numbers.

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