The Business and Community Newsletter – October 2020

Release date: October 22, 2020

The Business & Community Newsletter

World Statistics Day

World Statistics Day - Connecting the world with data we can trustWorld Statistics Day was created by the United Nations and is celebrated every five years on October 20. This year's theme is "Connecting the world with data we can trust".

It is about the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation and the public good in national statistical systems.

Feature article

New data literacy training videos

New Data literacy training from Statistics Canada provides learning videos on a broad range of topics for individuals who are new to the field of data or who want to refresh or expand their knowledge about data.

Canadian Centre for Energy Information

CCEI logoThe Canadian Centre for Energy Information (CCEI) is a convenient one-stop virtual shop for independent and trusted information on energy in Canada. It houses resources on all things energy-related, including production, consumption, international trade and much more.

Canada is a mosaic of diverse and evolving energy systems. These systems provide Canadians with the energy they need, when they need it. Provincial and Territorial Energy Profiles explores these systems by providing facts on energy production, use, transformation, transportation, and trade. These profiles illustrate the diversity of our energy systems and provide readers with information to engage in discussions about energy in Canada.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by Region and by Sector (2017)
Description - Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by Region and by Sector (2017)
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by Region and by Sector (2017)
Province or territory Emissions from all sectors
(Megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent(CO2e))
British Columbia (BC) 62.1
Alberta (AB) 272.8
Saskatchewan (SK) 77.9
Manitoba (MB) 21.7
Ontario (ON) 158.7
Québec (QC) 78.0
New Brunswick (NB) 14.3
Nova Scotia (NS) N/A
Prince Edward Island (PE) N/A
Newfoundland and Labrador 10.5
Yukon (YK) 0.5
North-West Territories (NT) 1.3
Nunavut (NU) 0.6

COVID-19: A Data Perspective Portal

COVID-19 - A data perspective

StatCan COVID-19: Data to Insights for a Better Canada

Statistics Canada is accelerating data collection in response to the urgent need for information to help the country respond to, and recover from, the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Please participate in any of our crowdsourcing data collections that may be applicable to you, and check back here often for new topics.

Updated Weekly: Canadian Economic Dashboard and COVID-19

A series of articles on various subjects which explore the impact of COVID-19 on the socio-economic landscape. New articles will be released periodically.

Also worth reading

The resilience and strength of the new housing market during the pandemic

This article examines changes in new home prices in Canada for the 27 surveyed census metropolitan areas (CMAs) captured in the New Housing Price Index and compares the ranking of cities based on prices six months into the pandemic (August compared to February).

Self-employed individuals, self-employment income and the post-COVID-19 financial strain

Although the number of self-employed individuals has remained largely unchanged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the self-employed are likely to remain under severe financial strain. This article looks at the unincorporated self-employed more broadly and highlights another important factor that will likely have a large impact on their financial well-being: whether or not the self-employed individuals also have T4 earnings.

The mental health of population groups designated as visible minorities in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

This article examines the mental health outcomes (i.e., self-rated mental health, change in mental health since physical distancing began, and severity of symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder in the two weeks prior to completing the survey) of participants in a recent crowdsource questionnaire who belong to population groups designated as visible minorities in Canada.

Overtime work among professional nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic

The novel COVID-19 pandemic has been expected to impact the workloads of health care workers such as nurses, but to date, the magnitude of such changes has not been quantified. Compiling data about nurses' working conditions is important because excessive workload and overtime hours have been linked with decreased well-being and with implications for the long term health of workers and for health service delivery. To shed light on this issue, this study reports on the changes to nurses' overtime work hours before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labour Force Survey, September 2020

This Labour Force Survey (LFS) release continues to integrate the international standard concepts such as employment and unemployment with supplementary indicators that help to monitor the labour market as restrictions are lifted and capture the full scope of the impacts of COVID-19.

A series of survey enhancements were continued in September, including supplementary questions on working from home, workplace adaptations, financial capacity, concerns related to returning to usual workplaces and receipt of federal COVID-19 support payments.

Did you know…?

Dimensions of Poverty Hub

"Opportunity for All" introduces a dashboard of 12 indicators to track progress on deep income poverty as well as the aspects of poverty other than income, including indicators of material deprivation, lack of opportunity and resilience.

Open Database of Cultural and Art Facilities

Released October 2, The Open Database of Cultural and Art Facilities (ODCAF) is a collection of open data containing the names, types, and locations of cultural and art facilities across Canada. It is released under the Open Government License - Canada.

The ODCAF compiles open and publicly available data on cultural and art facilities across Canada. Data sources include provincial/territorial governments, municipal governments, and professional associations. This database aims to provide enhanced access to a harmonized listing of cultural and art facilities across Canada by making it available as open data. This database is a component of the Linkable Open Data Environment (LODE).


Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC)

Statistics Canada conducted the first iteration of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC) in April 2020 as an innovative initiative to provide insights towards informing the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Canada and the economy.

Considering the success of the survey and overwhelming demand to continue obtaining this data, this survey is planned to continue on a quarterly basis. The next set of results for the survey are scheduled to be available mid-November. The fourth iteration, scheduled to be in collection January 2021, will continue to have a lens towards informing recovery efforts and moving forward after the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a quarterly basis we will leverage this tool to inform economic recovery as well as maintain a regular pulse on business intentions and sentiment in order to support decision makers in the public and private sector.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Health Care Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently disrupting the lives and habits of all Canadians. It is therefore necessary to quickly gather information to help understand its impacts on the physical and mental health of individuals, as well as on their social and employment circumstances.

Starting April 3, 2020, Statistics Canada started conducting a collection series on the Impacts of the COVID-19 on Canadians.

This information will be used by government organizations, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada, and other types of organizations to evaluate the need for health and social services, as well as economic support during and after the pandemic.

The next survey in this series looks at the impact on health care workers such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and others. Watch this space for more information – coming soon.


First-time mothers in Canada, 2019

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This infographic presents information on first time mothers in Canada, the Provinces and Territories, in 2019, and includes historical comparisons. The information is based on data from the Canadian Vital Statistics: Birth database.

In Canada…

  • 20.2 million turkeys were sold.
  • A 75 g serving of roasted light turkey meat provides 21 g of protein and 2 g of fat.
  • Turkey farm cash receipts totalled $391.8 million.
  • Households spent an average of $48 on potatoes in 2017.
  • One baked potato with skin (173 g serving) provides 926 mg of potassium.
  • Producers planted 1,559 acres of Brussels sprouts.
  • Farmers produced 354,749 metric tonnes of carrots.
  • Millers produced over 2.4 million metric tonnes of flour.
  • A 125 mL serving of bread stuffing contains 3.1 g of dietary fibre.
  • In October 2018, the average retail price for a pound of butter was $4.77.
  • 64.3% of cranberries were grown in Quebec.
  • A 60 mL serving of canned, sweetened cranberry sauce contains 27 g of sugar.
  • 38.9% of apples were produced in Ontario.
  • Growers produced 76,042 metric tonnes of pumpkins.
  • Commercial sales of whipping cream totalled 59.4 million litres.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Agriculture Statistics Program, Agriculture Division, Survey of Household Spending, Income Statistics Division, Consumer Price Index, Consumer Prices Division; Health Canada, Nutrient Value of Some Common Foods.

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