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In volume 6, issue 1 - Summer 2017:
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Follow up on the 2017 annual meeting in Kingston

This year the Annual General Meeting was hosted in Kingston. It was a successful one and half days - we had a lot of discussions on how to help enhance data literacy, build capacity, and improve the program. It was a great pleasure to meet members of the program in person and see how the data is being used!

The meeting report has been finalized and contains links to the presentations and several other files that were used. These reports are posted to the Leads' meetings page and the Past Webinars section. A big thanks to those who presented!

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Data news


New data and updates in the catalogue

Annual population estimates by age and sex, July 1, 2001 to 2016, Census
  • This file contains population estimates for census subdivisions based on the 2011 Census counts adjusted for census net undercoverage (including adjustment for incompletely enumerated Indian reserves and population reviews).
Broad Age Groups (5) with Average and Median Age, Census 2016
  • This file contains population counts by broad age groups (total, 0-14 years, 15-64 years, 65+ years, 85+ years) with average and median age, for all sexes.
Non-mortgage consumer debt, 2016 Q1 (INFORMATION UPDATE)
  • These credit data indicate levels of non-mortgage consumer debt at the six-digit postal code (FSALDU) level.
  • INFORMATION UPDATE: When calculating average debt, the total number of credit files is used as the denominator. The total number of credit files includes files that contain any debt product, as well as those that have only mortgage debt but no consumer debt. Equifax has indicated that in spite of this, they use this denominator when calculating NMCD indicators, such as those reported in the newspaper on the average consumer debt of Canadians.
  • NOTE: A credit file represents a client. A trade is a debt product.
For other credit report characteristics (mortgage debt and credit + bankruptcy scores) in the catalogue, click here

Upcoming data releases

Keep an eye out in August for the arrival of the popular Canadian Business Counts and T1FF (taxfiler) standard tables!

Currently in the catalogue are:

CCHS PUMF - How to extract an IVT data file

Want to extract data from the CCHS PUMF table but don't know how? Watch this video and learn how to do it! 

You can download the latest CCHS PUMF table here: CCHS - PUMF-FMGD - Annual Component, 2014 and 2013-2014 - Health indicator profile, annual and two-year period estimates, by age group and sex, Canada, provinces, territories, health regions.

Released 2016 Census topics to date

Schedule B

Products in the Draft Schedule B were discussed at the annual meeting and the list has yet to be finalized as we continue to look into pricing, feasibility, requests and feedback. Priorities for data product acquisition are identified by the Data Access and Purchase Working Group with input from Leads and are approved by the Community Data Program Steering Committee.

Custom geographies 

If your organization has a defined catchment area for which you would like Census and taxfiler data, please send us a shapefile by the end of the summer or get in touch with us for more details.

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A big thanks to all participants in the GIS Webinar last Thursday, June 22. Check out the presentation slides and look at seven things you should know before making a map with GIS! Recording of the webinar will be posted to the CDP website soon.

Did you miss out on the Data Visualization Webinar back in March 2017? You can watch a recording of the webinar and learn some basics of data visualization!

Coming up - we a currently coordinating a Statistics Canada Q&A webinar on the Census 2016 – picking up where we left off in May 2016: Updates to the Census 2016.

As a refresher, you can watch a recording of an excellent orientation on the CDP catalogue and Beyond 20/20 by the City of Calgary's Jasmine Ing.

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Community Snapshots

Northern Policy Institute: Community Labour Market Report Series

Northern Policy Institute and North Superior Workforce Planning Board – Your Local Employment Planning Council have teamed up to provide communities with greater access to labour market information at the very local level!

The Community Labour Market Series provides local labour market indicators for communities in the NSWPB region, to assist leaders and organizations in the decision-making process. This information is intended as a starting point for an evidence-based conversation about why certain changes are occurring. It is now up to community members to explore and address the challenges and opportunities their community is experiencing.

The reports include information on ten key indicators:

We would like to know what your organization is doing with CDP data!  You can use this template to create a Community Snapshot or simply send us an email with the information.  All the Community Snapshots are available on the Community Reporting Resources page.

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News from our friends and partners

HUMA's report - Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction

Committee conducted fact-finding trips across Canada, visiting five provinces to study the topic of poverty. The report is based on oral and written testimony provided by witnesses – including those with lived experience of poverty, service providers, advocacy groups, researchers, and representatives from various levels of government. 

The Committee focused on current gaps and challenges, existing poverty reduction measures, and innovative practices that could be expanded upon or replicated in other communities.

The report examines five main themes associated with poverty reduction:

  • income security;
  • education, skills training and employment;
  • mental health;
  • housing; and
  • communities.

As poverty continues to be a reality in Canada despite significant resources and efforts allocated to reducing it. Breaking the Cycle makes 53 specific recommendations that aim to address poverty with greater engagement and support from key players with respect to all five themes.

Transform the Sector 2017 Video Series

Back in February, 2017, the Transform the Sector conference was sold out to 300 people in nonprofit organizations, government, foundations, academia, and business! The conference discussed how to work together and use digital data to increase the social sector's impact. Watch the Video Series to get an overview of the discussions!

Our Community Data Program Team was present: CCSD's Katherine Scott and Michael Ditor attended the conference, running into CDP representatives from Halton, Red Deer, Simcoe, Sudbury and York! Michael took part in a panel discussion on Collecting Data for Collective Impact. 

How Big Data Is About to Explode Policymaking As We Know It: The Rise of Civil Analytics

Canada 2020 has released a new paper examining the ways open government, big data and predictive analytics are about to transform the way policy is made in Canada. The article looks at the era of big data and how policymakers can harness the power of "civil analytics" to improve evidence-based decision making. 

The era of Big Data is causing massive shifts in the way we think about policymaking in Canada. Civil analytics, as we have defined it, could help direct that transformation for the better. It's a fascinating, timely read - and one that Canada 2020 will be expanding on over the coming months as we unfold a new research series devoted to data, government and policymaking.

Income Inequality in Canada: Driving Forces, Outcomes and Policy

This chapter describes how inequality has increased significantly in Canada since the early 1980s, although the situation has stabilized since 2000 mainly as result of the resource boom. With the boom’s abrupt halt and signs of decline in income mobility, inequality could easily resume its upward path. Authors David Green, Craig Riddell and France St-Hilaire conclude that doing just more of the same policy-wise will not shelter Canada from these global trends. 

This chapter was published in Income Inequality: The Canadian Story. It is the result of a two-year collaboration between the IRPP and the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLRSN). As part of this project, twenty-seven leading economists and experts in the field examine income inequality trends in Canada, the factors contributing to its marked increase, and the role of policy in addressing the problem.

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Happy 150th Canada!

Canada Day is just around the corner! Wishing everyone a wonderful celebration!

Some fun tidbits from Statistics Canada's By the Numbers:
  • Besides an abundance of land, Canada has water aplenty! 1,169,561 km2 of freshwater, accounting for 11.7% of the country's total area.
  • Can’t get more Canadian than Maple Syrup, eh?! The value of maple products produced in Canada in 2016: $486.7 million. 
  • 150 years of Canadian agriculture! Average sales per farm has increased from $714 in 1900 to $358,503 in 2015.
  • 87% of Canadians, aged 15 years and older, reported being proud to be Canadian in 2013.
  • Canada's diversity can be shown through the numbers - 6,390,000 people spoke an immigrant language at home in 2011!
Get more interesting facts here: Canada Day... by the numbers

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