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Explore new experimental data on residential property prices

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Canadians have a lot of questions about housing. How much does it cost to purchase a new condominium? How would the price compare between Vancouver and Toronto? In response to growing demand for more detailed housing data, Statistics Canada has released new data: the Experimental New Condominium Apartment Price Index (NCAPI). First released on February 15, 2019, the NCAPI opens the door to a better understanding of the factors that affect condominium prices.

The index, derived from the

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Rising to the challenge: meeting Canadians' information needs

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Statistics Canada is the country's national statistical agency with a mandate to provide quality data on the country's economic and social well-being. And in general, we do a good job. Close to 24 million Canadians consult our website to fulfill their statistical needs every year. We respond to 20,000 calls and over 25,000 emails through our 1-800 number and our infostats service each year. Recent poll results show that 88% of Canadians trust Statistics Canada, and our website survey indicates that 76% of visitors find what they need on the website.

We agree that ideally,

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Reducing response burden imposed on farmers and businesses

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Farmers are busy people, especially when it's time to prepare the land, plant, and harvest crops. Like other data users, they want timely, accurate and detailed data, while completing the least number of surveys.

Statistics Canada's Agriculture Division agrees, and has set itself an ambitious goal with the AG-Zero project. 'We're working to produce comprehensive, relevant and integrated farm data – while minimizing the burden on farm operators' – says Director Étienne Saint-Pierre.

Reducing response burden is a key part of the agency's modernization initiative, which

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Update - Impacts of the U.S. government shutdown

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Update Feburay 18, 2019 – The release for Canadian international merchandise trade data for the December 2018 reference month, originally scheduled for February 5, has been postponed to March 6. In addition, the release of data for the January 2019 reference month, originally scheduled for March 7, will also be delayed. Release dates for subsequent reference months will likely be affected as well. For more information, please consult “New release date for the publication of the December 2018

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Projecting the future of health in Canada using microsimulation modelling

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Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Deirdre Hennessy and Bill Flanagan, research analysts in the Health Analysis Division.

Some of the most important questions for health policy makers, planners and clinicians have to do with the future. In order to design effective prevention and screening programs, health policy makers must be able to estimate future trends in risk factors for disease and future disease occurrences. Another aspect of thinking about the future is

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Statistics Canada is using new data sources to give Canadians sound measures of the new economy

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In today's digital society, 75% of household purchases are made using debit cards, credit cards, or pre-authorized payments. Wages are deposited directly and over a quarter of Canadians used online bulletin boards to sell products. All of this information flows between businesses and citizens digitally. Billions of transactions occur each year seamlessly, and in fact many institutions use the information available to routinely market products and services to Canadians.

High quality and timely data are critical in order to track important changes in the economy, changes in

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Cannabis legalization: why proximity matters

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Over the last year, Statistics Canada has been working to track the socio-economic implications of cannabis legalization, producing statistical insights into everything from rates of consumption, to the prices Canadians are paying across the country.

In a recent study, the agency looked at how accessible cannabis will be immediately following the change in legislation, relative to a similar regulated commodity: liquor.

In the case of liquor stores, two sources of big data were used: the

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Hey Canada - we want to hear from you!

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Every day we use it. It is an important part of our lives that is driven by data and social connectivity. Canadians form opinions and make decisions based on data. But who decides the information needs, what data are collected and how they are used?

Want to be part of these decisions? You can be!

During the week of October 15-19, Statistics Canada will host its first ever “Engaging Canadians: Statistics Canada's National Dialogue” featuring online consultations, WebEx forums, teleconferences and roundtable discussion in cities across Canada.

Why consult?

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Research Blog: Immigrant entrepreneurs in Canada

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Periodically, the StatCan Blog publishes a guest post on research at Statistics Canada. This post is from Yuri Ostrovsky and Garnett Picot, research analysts in the Social Analysis and Modelling Division. 

  Why study immigrant entrepreneurs?

An important question frequently asked in academic and policy debates about the costs and benefits of immigration, is whether immigration generates economic growth in the host country. Researchers have hypothesized that immigrants can have a net positive

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The estimated direct impacts of the recently announced tariffs on the Canadian CPI

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(Source: *Note that these impacts have been calculated based on data from Finance Canada and Statistics Canada.)

On July 1, 2018, tariffs took effect on imported US Steel, Aluminium and selected other goods, as published by Finance Canada. The tariffs collected on these items at the border may be passed on to governments, industry as well as

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