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Latest indicators

2007 to 2008
Percentage change
Gross domestic product, monthly
June 2009
Percentage change
Greenhouse gas emissions
2006 to 2007
Percentage change
Particulate matter (PM2.5)
2000 to 2006
No significant trend
Ground-level ozone
1990 to 2006
Median percent change per year
Natural resource wealth
2007 to 2008
Percentage change


Canada’s natural resource wealth, 2008

Joan Forbes

Natural resources contribute to Canada’s overall economic performance. This article examines the value of key natural resource stocks, focusing on timber, energy and minerals. In 2008, these selected assets contributed 22% to Canada’s total wealth. The value of these natural resources rose 45% to $1,723 billion in 2008. Full article: HTML

Agricultural water use in 2007—A profile of irrigation

Marie-Ève Poirier

Water is essential for crop production, whether it is provided by rain or irrigation. Although relatively few farms in Canada irrigate, this use of water can represent a significant portion of water use in some areas of the country. This article presents information on the use of irrigation in 2007. Farms in Alberta and British Columbia were most likely to irrigate and also accounted for the largest volumes of water used for irrigation purposes. Full article: HTML

Quick fact: Canadians hang it out to dry—Clothesline and drying rack use in Canada

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