Summer 2017

The Census is Back!

After a ten-year absence, the long-form census is back. Reliable information about small populations and multiple geographies is available again. At long last, researchers can analyse population and housing trends between 2006 and 2016. New variables such as the class by which immigrants enter Canada have been added to the census allowing researchers to investigate new and pressing questions.

Data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing will be released steadily in 2017.  And those of you who have waited for Statistics Canada data in the past will be pleased to know that the agency has been meeting its deadlines this year.  The initial schedule  describes when aggregate data will be available. We expect the master file with individual records will be available in the RDC by summer, 2017.

For information about the 2016 census that can be accessed under the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), please contact Walter Geisbrecht, and to learn more about the census data in the RDC, please contact Theresa Kim. Watch for news about a Statistical Consulting Service short course that will describe and evaluate a wide variety of Statistics Canada data and ways to access them. The course is planned for fall, 2017.

CRDCN 2017 National Conference:

The CRDCN annual conference is being held in Montreal, QC from November 14-15, 2017.  The conference is currently accepting proposals until July 7th.This year, the conference focuses on the many faces of inequality in Canada, including but not limited to the following topics: Indigenous peoples’ well-being, income and poverty, educational opportunities, immigrants’ outcomes, gender disparities, and health gradients. For more information, or to submit a proposal, please visit the CRDCN conference website.

Staffing Changes at the York RDC:

Staring July 4th, the current RDC Analyst, Sara Tumpane, will be going down to the Toronto RDC to provide coverage on a nine-month term.  The York RDC will have a new Analyst, Chang Lin, for this time period.  Chang can be reached at or 416-650-8498.

New Datasets at the RDC:

In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the York Research Data Centre.  Please see the information below.  Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals!

National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS)         

The National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS) collects information to understand apprenticeship-related issues, as there is a critical need for highly skilled tradespeople in Canada.  This cross-section survey collects information on the work and training experiences of apprentices before, during and after their involvement with their apprenticeship program.  This includes the factors that affect apprentices’ completion and certification, the motivations that brought them to the skilled trades, experiences with training, and outcomes of apprenticeship programs.  

This survey was designed in partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada.  It targeted registered apprentices in the ten provinces and the three territories for two types of apprentices (completers and discontinuers) and for certain reference years (2010-13). A one-phase stratified sample was designed for this survey and a total sample of approximately 29,000 respondents was targeted. The goal of the sampling was to ensure good representation of various domains of interest, such as gender and major trade groups. Researchers interested in education and training, labour, and education outcomes may find this a useful dataset.

For further details on this data set, please go to the information page at the Statistics Canada website:

The York RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data.   For information on the application process, please visit:

Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (SSMCAF)

The Survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (SSMCAF) collected information about the prevalence and nature of inappropriate sexual behaviour within the military, the reporting of inappropriate sexual behaviour to authorities, and military members' perception of the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) response to this issue.

This survey was a census with a cross-sectional design. The target population included both Regular Force and Primary Reserve members in the CAF. The population is broken down by capability component: Army, Navy, Air Force, CMP, Other, for both the Regular Force and the Primary Reserve Force.

Statistics Canada conducted this survey on a cost-recovery basis for the Canadian Armed Forces. The questionnaire content was developed following review of international survey instruments developed and implemented to measure the prevalence of sexual misconduct in the context of the military environment, in consultation with Statistics Canada subject matter experts.  Consideration was made for the comparability of SSMCAF measures with that of other STC surveys, namely the General Social Survey on Victimization – particularly regarding the classification of sexual assault.

Researchers interested in criminal offences and the military workplace may find this a useful data set. For further details, please go to the information page at the Statistics Canada website:

The York RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data.   For information on the application process, please visit:

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