By the numbers…International Women’s Day

Did you know that 61% of university graduates in 2006 were women? In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, please take a look at some interesting statistics about women in Canada.

For more information on data about women or related topics, please contact librdata@ryerson.ca

To see events at Ryerson relating to International Women’s Day, please visit the following site.

 

Valentine’s Day…By The Numbers

Thinking of buying your sweetheart a rose for Valentine’s Day?  You’re not alone.   According to Statistics Canada, 10.5 million stems of roses were produced in Canada in 2011.  For more interesting facts about Valentine’s Day, please visit Statistics Canada’s website.

For more information about data and statistics for research, please see the Library’s Map and Data Resources page:
http://www.ryerson.ca/madar/

Father’s Day…By the Numbers

Did you know that the average age of fathers in Canada in 2006 was 41.6?  With Father’s Day approaching on June 19th, Statistics Canada has compiled some interesting facts on fathers in Canada.  The sources of this data, as well as many others covering various topics, are available through the Library, and provide an excellent complement to your research and teaching. 

To learn more about data and statistical sources, please visit the Geospatial Map and Data Centre on the main floor of the Library, or email librdata@ryerson.ca

Cancellation of ‘Long Form’ Census Questionnaire

The federal government has announced that the ‘long form’ part of the Census has been cancelled. The “long form” which goes out to 20% of households and is compulsory, is the part that supplies all the really interesting statistics about income, ethnicity, occupation, education, immigration status, travel to work etc.  Without this, the detailed neighbourhood information that has been derived from censuses for the last 35 years will not be available for research, policy decsions and comparative purposes.

The replacement is a new National Household Survey that will go out to 30% of households but be voluntary.  Voluntary surveys are known to have poor response rates from many groups especially the low income, less educated and immigrant populations as well as those with higher incomes.

To learn more or register your viewpoint see (updated August 9, 2010):