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Finding statistics on the Statistics Canada website (Part III)


Welcome back to Part III of this three-part video
series from the Carleton University Library on finding statistics on the Statistics Canada
website. In this final part, we will look at finding
CANSIM tables, or the Canadian Socioeconomic information management system tables—which
give us access to data as well as statistics. You have two choices for accessing these tables:
One, you can use the Statistics Canada website Two, our library provides access to the CANSIM
II database for students, faculty, staff and alumni. This database contains more time series and
tables than what is freely available at the Statistics Canada site. This database can be a good source of information
when you have more complex inquiries Let’s start with what is freely available
on the Statistics Canada website Here we are on the site at www.statcan.gc.ca. Let’s say you are interested in the data
gathered through the Labour Force Survey. We can click on The Daily, and then Releases
by subject and then scroll down the page to Labour and then click on the Labour Force
Survey. You will notice at the top that there are
a number of links to related information. For example,the Rrelated information tab takes
you to information about the survey itself such as a description, statistical activity
(i.e., the constellation of surveys that provide information about the Canadian labour force)
and the target population. You can also see the release schedule for
the Labour Force Survey. And you can click through to the CANSIM tables. Let’s click on the first table, which is
clearly only one of many tables prepared by Statistics Canada staff. In this case, we are looking at Table 282-0001,
entitled Labour force survey estimates, by sex and detailed age group, unadjusted for
seasonality. The features of this table include options
for tailoring the information to suit your needs:
Add/remove data, where you narrow the scope of the table by a number of demographics such
as geography. Manipulate, where you can change the frequency
of the data, summing or averaging by period. You can download the table—either the original
or one that you have customized. And you can link to related information. Now let’s look for the CANSIM II database
on the library website. We’ll start at www.library.carleton.ca. You have two choices for navigating to the
CANSIM II database. You can also click on the link to Government
Information under Find, then Canada, then Government Statistics—Canada provinces and
territories and then CANSIM II. Or, back on the home page, you can click on
the link to databases, available under the main Summon search field and then navigate
alphabetically to the link to the CANSIM database. Once on the CANSIM II page, you can choose
CANSIM Multidimensional view CANSIM Time series view
Historical versions of CANSIM All of these options make the CANSIM tables
a powerful research tool. We have only shown you a handful of the tools
and pathways for finding statistics on the Stat Can website. You could, for example, click on “Browse
by Key Resource” and find links to the Census Program where you can search for statistics
to particular communities: For example, you could put in
the name of a community and find census data
You could use a postal code Or you could use geographic codes. In addition, you can access data and statistics
through the Carleton University Library website. Click on “Government Information,” Canada
and then statistics. Or, you can click on Data to find suggestions
for data portals such as ODESI. This is the end of Part III.

Stephen Childs

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