The Business and Community Newsletter – May 2024

Release date: May 23, 2024

The Business & Community Newsletter


Canadian Internal Trade Data and Information Hub

Internal trade a key part of the Canadian economy

The new Canadian Internal Trade Data and Information Hub (CITH), includes new data and visualization products to gauge the value of trade activities between provinces and territories, down to the commodity level and by industry. Moreover, the CITH houses data from recent Statistics Canada surveys looking at Canadian businesses' experiences with internal trade.

In some provinces and territories, internal trade accounted for at least half of total trade (which includes both internal and international trade). This was the case for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and the three territories (Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut).

Other jurisdictions are doing more trade internationally than they do internally: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The flow of trade across provinces and territories changed over the past four decades, mostly as a result of multiple free trade agreements with other countries, and increases in international commodity prices.

Suppliers of Business Financing Visualization Tool

The Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing is conducted by Statistics Canada to collect and report aggregate information on the financing of business in Canada. This tool includes information on data collected from the major suppliers of business financing including domestic banks and other banks, credit unions and caisse populaires, finance companies (including some Government Business Enterprises), portfolio managers, and insurance companies.

Business and employment dynamics data, 2021

Annual 2021 data on business and employment dynamics in the private sector for Canada and every province and the territories, broken down by North American Industry Classification System industry or by firm size class, are available.

These data are derived from the 2021 Longitudinal Employment Analysis Program files and are added to existing data tables that contain annual estimates going back to 2001.

Labour Force Survey April 2024

Employment increased by 90,000 (+0.4%) in April, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.1%. The employment rate held steady at 61.4%, following six consecutive monthly declines.

In April, employment rose among core-aged men (25 to 54 years old) (+41,000; +0.6%) and women (+27,000; +0.4%) as well as for male youth aged 15 to 24 (+39,000; +2.8%). There were fewer women aged 55 and older employed (-16,000; -0.8%), while employment was little changed among men aged 55 and older and female youth (aged 15 to 24).

Employment gains in April were driven by part-time employment (+50,000; +1.4%).

Employment increased in April in professional, scientific and technical services (+26,000; +1.3%), accommodation and food services (+24,000; +2.2%), health care and social assistance (+17,000; +0.6%) and natural resources (+7,700; +2.3%), while it fell in utilities (-5,000; -3.1%).

Employment increased in Ontario (+25,000; +0.3%), British Columbia (+23,000; +0.8%), Quebec (+19,000 +0.4%) and New Brunswick (+7,800; +2.0%) in April. It was little changed in the other provinces.

Total hours worked rose 0.8% in April and were up 1.2% compared with 12 months earlier.

Average hourly wages among employees increased 4.7% (+$1.57 to $34.95) on a year-over-year basis in April, following growth of 5.1% in March (not seasonally adjusted).

In the spotlight: Over one in four workers (28.4%) have to come into work or connect to a work device at short notice at least several times a month.

StatsCan app

Prefer accessing data at your fingertips? Download the StatsCAN mobile app from Google Play or the App Store to tap into expert analysis, visuals and the latest statistical news right from the source!

Economic and Social Reports

Economic and Social Reports includes in-depth research, brief analyses, and current economic updates on a variety of topics, such as labour, immigration, education and skills, income mobility, well-being, aging, firm dynamics, productivity, economic transitions, and economic geography. All the papers are institutionally reviewed and the research and analytical papers undergo peer review to ensure that they conform to Statistics Canada's mandate as a governmental statistical agency and adhere to generally accepted standards of good professional practice.

There are six new articles released in Economic and Social Reports, April 2024:

Did you know…

New retirement income microsimulation model now available

The PASSAGES model, version 1.0, is now available.

PASSAGES is an open-source dynamic microsimulation model that supports policy analysis and research relating to Canadian retirement income system outcomes at the individual and family levels. This initial version of the model focuses on the development necessary to simulate Canada Pension Plan (CPP) outcomes.

The development of PASSAGES was a collaboration between Statistics Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada and the Retirement and Savings Institute at HEC Montréal.

StatsCAN Plus

Visit StatsCAN Plus for the most recent data stories:


Listen to the Eh Sayers podcast to meet the people behind the data and explore the stories behind the numbers. Join us as we meet with experts from Statistics Canada and from across the nation to ask and answer the questions that matter to Canadians.

Eh Sayers Episode 16 - How Do You Say "Language Revitalization" in Cree?

More than 70 distinct Indigenous languages are spoken by First Nations people, Métis and Inuit in Canada, but these languages are under threat.

In this episode, we speak with Randy Morin and Belinda kakiyosēw Daniels, who share their knowledge of the Cree language with learners at the Nêhiyawak Language Experience, about the wisdom encoded in Indigenous languages, as well as the opportunities for these languages and the barriers they face.

Eh Sayers Episode 17 - It's 8pm... Do You Know What Your Kids Are Googling?

StatCan released new analysis into the online culture our kids are growing up in, and it's far from the best of all possible worlds: misinformation, bullying, violence… and worse.

Analyst Rachel Tsitomeneas joins us to dive into the findings

Workshop series

Statistics Canada is delighted to invite you to our upcoming workshops:

Workshop: How to Use Census Data


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 2021 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

This online workshop will be delivered over a two-day period.

Intended Target Audience: This is an introductory workshop; it may be too basic for advanced data users.

Registration Information: English and French workshop dates are available from May to July. For more information and to register for a session, please visit Workshop – How to Use Census Data P0001156

Cost: $325 per learner

Workshop: Turning Statistics into Stories


Stories resonate with audiences while numbers alone may overwhelm.  Join us for an introductory workshop that will help you to communicate the messages emerging from your data 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. Along the way you will learn some useful tips on how to use tables and graphs to illustrate your story.

Emphasis is placed on the following considerations:

  • What is a Data Story?
  • Constructing a Data Story – Audience and Context
  • Elements of a Data Story
  • Packaging the Data Story - Putting the Elements Together
  • Bringing it all Together

Intended Target Audience: This is an introductory workshop; it may be too basic for advanced data users.

Registration Information: English and French workshop dates are available from June to July. For more information and to register for a session, please visit Workshop – Turning Statistics into Stories P0001044

Cost: $325 per learner

Statistics Canada strives to accommodate and make our services accessible to all people. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know when you register for a session.

These sessions are offered by the Data Service Centre. Some of the services we offer include:

If you have any questions about these sessions or the Data Service Centre, please feel free to contact us.


Innovation and business strategy in Canada, 2022

This infographic focuses on innovation and business strategy in Canada, based on data from the 2022 Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy. It presents the long-term strategy for innovative businesses and non-innovative businesses, the innovation rate and intellectual property (IP) ownership for multinational businesses and non-multinational businesses, the competition, and the skill shortages in Canadian businesses.

Innovation and business strategy in Canada, 2022

Non-profit organizations in Canada, 2023

From January 2nd to February 5th, 2024, Statistics Canada conducted the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions. The purpose of this survey is to collect information on businesses in Canada related to emerging issues. This iteration of the survey focuses on business expectations and business conditions in Canada. In addition, the questionnaire for the first quarter of 2024 includes a component specifically for non-profit organizations (NPOs). The intent of this set of questions is to address a present data gap and to provide a better understanding of the non-profit sector. This infographic presents key results from this.

Non-profit organizations in Canada, 2023

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