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Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada increasingly selects temporary foreign workers for immigration: report

With COVID-19 related global travel restrictions having reduced the flow of immigrants from abroad to a trickle, Canada is increasingly relying on foreign temporary workers already in the country to fill its immigration needs, according to Statistics Canada. The pandemic »

Economy, Society

COVID-19 could drive up demand for single family houses, says Statistics Canada

As working from home becomes more prevalent due to the pandemic, Canadians seeking to buy new houses are increasingly likely to turn to larger single-family homes and away from condominium units, Canada’s national statistics agency forecasts in its latest report »

Indigenous, Society

Statistics Canada said it will collect race-based crime data

Statistics Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) announced Wednesday morning a commitment to collect race-based crime data, according to a statement. The statement said that Statistics Canada and the CACP are committed to working with policing »

Economy, Society

Canada’s economy plunged by record 11.6% in April, says statistics agency

Canada’s economy saw its largest monthly drop on record in April as it came to a near standstill due to the pandemic, but early indications point to a slight rebound in May as businesses began to reopen, the country’s national »


Retail sales see massive drop since physical distancing measures

Retail sales in Canada have gone down 33.6 per cent since the social and physical distancing measures were put in place in mid-March, according to a report released by Statistics Canada earlier today. In the month of April, retail sales »


Inflation rate falls to -0.4% in May, second month in a row below zero

Canada’s inflation rate fell 0.4 per cent on a year-to-year basis in May, as cheaper gasoline prices pushed inflation below zero for the second month in a row, the national statistics agency reported Wednesday. Excluding gasoline, inflation rose 0.7 per »

Economy, Society

Canada April factory sales plummet record 28.5% but May data should improve

Canadian manufacturing sales plummeted by a record 28.5 per cent to $36.4 billion in April, following a 9.8-per-cent decline in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic ground much of Canada’s economy to a halt, the country’s national statistics agency reported Monday. »


Pair of government agencies will expand race-based data

Noting that it recognizes that the social, economic and labour market impacts of COVID-19 have not been equally felt by all Canadians, Statistics Canada is starting a pilot project to collect information on race and visible minority status as part »

Economy, Society

Canadians owe $1.77 for every dollar they have to spend: Statistics Canada

Even as Canadians became more frugal with their borrowing amid the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decline in household disposable income in the first quarter led to an increase in the overall household debt ratio, according to »

Economy, International

New figures show Canada’s job numbers went up in May

How good the news actually is — and how long it lasts — remains to be seen, but new data from Statistics Canada will likely be a sight for a few sore eyes. After more than a million Canadians lost »