The Business and Community Newsletter – February 2022

Release date: February 17, 2022

The Business & Community Newsletter

Feature article

2021 Census Population and Dwelling Counts

February 9, 2022.

2021 Census Population and Dwelling Counts

Data from the 2021 Census will provide reliable and accurate socioeconomic information that all levels of government, businesses, communities, and individual Canadians can trust to make informed decisions.

The latest population counts could help First Nations reserves, Metis Settlements and Inuit communities plan for crucial services, including the creation of jobs and the strengthening of their local economy.

Population data, the number of dwellings and their occupancy status will help municipalities plan their budgeting in response to the services they need to provide to residents.

To find out more, visit Census program.

Black History Month - Celebrating Today and Every Day

Black History Month - Celebrating Today and Every Day

This year marks the 26th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada and year seven of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

The theme of this year’s campaign is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day. Please join us in honouring and recognizing the significant contributions that Black people living in Canada have made to our society. Let us celebrate the generations of Black Canadians who have brought their cultures, joys, ideas and connections to our society, despite the racism and oppression they have and continue to endure.

At Statistics Canada, we are particularly proud of our commitment to amplifying the voices and experiences of Black people living in Canada through our work on the Disaggregated Data Action Plan, which aims to address racism, gender gaps and other systemic barriers—all of which impact Black lives.

Check out Black History Month... by the numbers.

Did you know…?

StatsCAN app

StatsCAN app

Through the launch of this mobile app, our agency is aiming to transform the data landscape. With mobile devices becoming the main source of access to information and services for Canadians, we recognized our duty to modernize and adapt to keep pace with this demand.

We know data users want more data, provided faster, in multiple formats and from multiple access points. The StatsCAN app will do just that – sharing trusted, unbiased facts, visuals, and key information on Canada's data story – from local, regional, and national lenses – allowing users to stay on top of the country’s latest statistical news, throughout the day.

We invite you to download the free StatsCAN app, which is available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. You can find it by searching the keywords “StatsCAN” or “StatCan”.

More importantly, we’d love to hear from you, your colleagues and your friends. We want to continuously improve your browsing experience, and enhance the app based on your needs. Your feedback can be sent by email to

Our modernization journey continues, one transformation at a time. We hope you enjoy this first iteration of the StatsCAN app, and share this exciting news within your networks.

Want a sneak peek? Check out our short video!



Have you been listening to StatCan’s new podcast? Eh Sayers which was launched on November 25, 2021 has been receiving lots of positive feedback such as “the episodes are exquisite, CBC-level content. The hosts are excellent and the content is really engaging”.

We wrapped up Season I in early January with an episode which focussed on the growing market of gigs and their place in an ever-changing landscape of job flexibility and instability. Paul Glavin, associate professor, Department of Sociology at McMaster University discussed the impact and acceleration, freedom and limitations for gig workers across the nation.

Although we are busily preparing Season 2 for Spring 2022 we managed to squeeze in a bonus episode on the very topical subject of inflation and the CPI. Our guest, Taylor Mitchell, an economist at Statistics Canada, speaks with us about why you should care about inflation, its impact on different population groups and the cost of living.

Find these episodes as well as the first two which were released in the Fall of 2021 on StatCan’s website as well as by clicking on the links below which you can access on your personal devices.

| Apple | Spotify | Google Podcast | Amazon Music & Audible | Podcast Addict | Player FM | RSS Feed | StatCan website

You can help us get the word out about the podcast by sending the episodes to your friends, family and colleagues as well by subscribing to Eh Sayers. If you have any ideas for future episodes or if you’d like to offer comments and feedback, you can reach the podcast team at this address:

Labour Force Survey January 2022

Labour Force Survey January 2022

Employment declines in January during the fifth wave of the pandemic

Employment fell by 200,000 (-1.0%) in January, spread across both part-time (-117,000; -3.3%) and full-time (-83,000; -0.5%) work.

Total hours worked fell 2.2% after being at pre-COVID levels in November and December 2021.

The number of employed people who worked less than half their usual hours rose by 620,000 (+66.1%) in January 2022, the largest increase since March 2020.

Youth saw declines in both part-time (-93,000; -7.1%) and full-time (-46,000; -3.5%) work.

Employment fell among women in the core working ages of 25 to 54, entirely in part-time work (-43,000; -4.3%).

All of the employment decline in January 2022 was among private sector employees (-206,000; -1.6%).

In January, 1 in 10 (10.0%) employees were absent from their job due to illness or disability.

Almost one-quarter of workers (24.3%) reported that they usually work exclusively at home.

Average hourly wages grew 2.4% (+$0.72) on a year-over-year basis in January, down from 2.7% in November and December 2021.

Employment in services-producing industries fell by 223,000. Accommodation and food services (-113,000), information, culture and recreation (-48,000) and retail trade (-26,000) saw the largest declines.

Employment increased by 23,000 in the goods-producing sector.

Employment declined in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

StatsCAN Plus

Visit StatsCAN Plus for the most recent data stories:

Also worth reading

Census of Agriculture

Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Agriculture to develop a statistical portrait of Canada's farms and its agricultural operators. The data provide users with a comprehensive picture of the major commodities of the agriculture industry while also supplying information on new or less common crops, livestock, finances and use of technology.

Visit the Release calendar of the Census of Agriculture:

  • February 22, 2022 Reference Maps, 2021; Mapping Tool, 2016 data
  • April 14, 2022 Guide to the Census of Agriculture, 2021
  • May 11, 2022 Farm and Farm Operator Data, 2021

Information Sessions

Statistics Canada is delighted to invite you to our free upcoming information sessions.

Introduction to the key elements of a well-designed questionnaire

Information Sessions

In this session, we will look at the key elements of a questionnaire that will encourage respondents to complete a survey. The focus will therefore be on elements such as the introduction, accompanying text and appeal, and not on the different ways of writing the questions. The objective is to provide, to people who occasionally design questionnaires or who will have to design one, practical advice to help make a questionnaire stand out. This session is intended for beginners. Some familiarity with basic statistical concepts would be beneficial/advantageous but not required.

For updates on our schedule, see Information Sessions.

Language, Dates, Times, and Registration Links

Advanced registration is required. We ask that you please register early, as spaces are limited for the information sessions.


Accounting for ecosystem change in Canada: selected findings from Human Activity and the Environment, 2021.

Accounting for ecosystem change in Canada: selected findings from Human Activity and the Environment, 2021.

Using data from the publication Human Activity and the Environment (HAE), 2021, this infographic provides selected highlights from the report, covering ecosystem extent, condition and services.

Canadian airports and the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020

Canadian airports and the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020

The situation of Canadian airports during the COVID-19 pandemic in year 2020.

Report a problem on this page

Is something not working? Is there information outdated? Can't find what you're looking for?

Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.

Privacy notice

Date modified: