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Survey of Environmental Goods and Services, 2008

The Survey of Environmental Goods and Services presents estimates of national economic activity of the environment industry in Canada, including the revenues earned from the production of environmental goods, the provision of environmental services and the undertaking of environment-related construction activities.

The environment industry is composed of establishments operating in a variety of industries that produce environmental goods and services. Environmental goods and services are goods and services that are used, or can potentially be used to measure, prevent, limit or correct environmental damage (both natural or by human activity) to water, air, soil as well as problems related to waste, noise and ecosystems. They also include clean or resource-efficient (eco-efficient) technologies that decrease material inputs, reduce energy consumption, recover valuable by-products, reduce emissions and/or minimise waste disposal problems.

Released June 28, 2010.

Households and the Environment Survey: Public Use Microdata File, 2007

The 2007 Households and the Environment: Public Use Microdata File is now available. Data were collected from over 21,000 Canadian households.

The file provides data for Canada, the provinces and census metropolitan areas and includes information on a wide range of topics, including water quality concerns; consumption and conservation of water; energy use and home heating and cooling; pesticide and fertilizer use on lawns and gardens; recycling, composting and waste disposal practices; motor vehicle use. It also provides information on the socio-demographic, income and labour force characteristics of the population.

Released June 7, 2010 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16M0001X; $100).

CANSIM tables and updates

CANSIM is Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database.

Updates have been made to the following CANSIM tables:

CANSIM table 153-0031, Direct plus indirect energy intensity, by industry, annual

CANSIM table 153-0032, Energy use, by sector, annual

CANSIM table 153-0033, Direct plus indirect greenhouse gas emissions intensity, by industry, annual

CANSIM table 153-0034, Greenhouse gas emissions, by sector, annual

CANSIM table 153-0046, Direct and indirect household energy use and household greenhouse gas emissions, annual

The following tables have been added to CANSIM:

CANSIM tables 153-0047 to 153-0051 and 153-0067 to 153-0097, Industrial Water Survey – 2005 (volumes or dollars, as applicable)

Upcoming releases

Recycling by Canadian Households, 2007

Recycling has become a common habit for most Canadian households.  These households have many choices when it comes to recycling: they decide whether or not to recycle, how much to recycle, and what methods to use when they do. Using data from the 2007 Households and the Environment Survey, the paper examines the recycling decisions made by Canadian households, some of the reasoning behind those decisions, and the relationship between recycling behaviour and a selection of demographic factors.

To be released July 7, 2010 (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-001-M).

Canadian Health Measures Survey

The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) will be releasing laboratory data on environment contaminants, including bisphenol A, metals, perfluorinated compounds, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organophosphate pesticides. These data are part of the third release from the CHMS cycle 1, which collected key information relevant to the health of Canadians by means of direct physical measurements and collection of blood and urine samples.

Accompanying this third data release will be an analytical article in Health Reports (82-003-X) on lead and bisphenol A levels in Canadians, as well as three fact sheets (82-625-X) respectively highlighting lead, mercury and bisphenol A levels in Canadians. The data release is also accompanied by data tables (82-623-X), a user guide and derived variable documentation. These can all be accessed through the Health in Canada portal.

To be released August 16, 2010. For additional information about the CHMS, please contact Client Services (toll free 1-888-253-1087; or visit the CHMS website.

Industrial Water Use, 2007

The information collected for the Industrial Water Survey measures, by volume, the sources of water used, the purposes of water use, whether or not water was re-circulated or re-used, where the water was discharged, the types of treatments locations applied to intake water prior to use and the types of treatments locations applied to their wastewater prior to discharge. Water acquisition costs, treatment costs and operating and maintenance expenses related to water intake and discharge are also collected.

The results of this survey are used in the development of environmental accounts, aid in tracking the state of stocks of water and contribute to national indicators of water quality.

To be released shortly (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 16-401-X).

Socio-economic Conference 2010

The Statistics Canada Socio-economic Conference provides an annual forum for empirical research focusing on issues of concern in Canadian public policy. At the April 26-27, 2010 conference there were seven environment-related presentations. The titles of the presentations listed here are written in the language in which they were presented.

Resource Rent and Return to Produced Capital—Is Iron Brighter than Gold?
Kazi Islam, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division, Statistics Canada

Multicriteria Evaluation of Vulnerable Coastal Communities to Climate Change
Hooman Mostofi Camare, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

Looking at Consumers as GHG Emitters
Hans Messenger, Industry Accounts Division, Statistics Canada, Joe St. Lawrence, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division, Statistics Canada and Chantal Hicks, Modelling Division, Statistics Canada

A New Research Project on Canadian Settlements: Initial Geographic Results
Nancy Hofmann, Akmal Elgarawany, Giuseppe Filoso, Hugo Larocque and Tim Dennis, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division, Statistics Canada

Geographic Systems and Systems Dynamics—Modeling the Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Communities
Maxx Hartt, Univiersity of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

Economic Indicators as Potential Surrogates for Environmental Indicators: A Case Study
Zhen Yu Li, Philip Astles, Allison Bone, Matthew Prescott, Joe St. Lawrence, Laleh Yerushalmi and Soheil Rastan, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division, Statistics Canada

Evaluating the Impacts of Environmental Change on Coastal Communities
Sahar Pakdel, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

The complete program is available on Statistics Canada’s website. For further information please contact the presenters directly.

New developments

Human Activity and the Environment: Freshwater supply and demand in Canada

To be effective at reducing our collective impact on the environment we need systematic, accessible and relevant information. The annual Human Activity and the Environment (HAE) publications meet this need with a collection of environmental statistics brought together from many sources. The HAE publications paint a statistical portrait of Canada’s environment with special emphasis on human activity and its relationship to natural systems—air, water, soil, plants and animals.

In the past, each annual issue of HAE began with a feature article on an environmental topic of concern to Canadians, followed by a compendium of statistical tables. Starting in 2010, the analytical article and statistical tables will be published separately, with the article continuing to be released annually. The statistical tables will be released every two years with the first release planned for 2011.

The topic of the 2010 analytical article is “Freshwater supply and demand in Canada,” and provides information on Canada’s freshwater supply as well as the demands placed on it. New research done within Statistics Canada is complimented by information from other sources, including other federal government departments, international bodies and scientific journals.