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New datasets available

Vital statistics (birth and death databases) for the year 2014 are now available in the RDCs. These administrative surveys collect demographic and medical information for the cause of death and on all live births annually from all provincial and territorial vital statistics registries.

17 January 2018 - 7:46am |

Call for abstracts: 2018 International Population Data Linkage Conference

The Scientific Committee of the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) 2018 Conference on Linking Data – Improving Lives is currently accepting abstracts for oral, poster, rapid fire and creative presentations. The conference will be held in Banff on  September 12-14, 2018. The submission deadline is March 1. All details available on the conference website.

 

11 January 2018 - 3:20pm |

Call for proposals: Collaborative research programs on labour market programming

To support the evaluations of current labour market programming, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is requesting proposals for Programs of research/evaluation using the Medium Term Indicator (MTI) Performance Indicators database. The Programs will contribute to better understanding Canada’s labour market programs and/or Canada’s labour market dynamics. They will be undertaken collaboratively and will engage both academic and ESDC evaluators/researchers so that policy-relevant researchable questions that need empirical answers are formulated and addressed while taking into account the challenging features of the available data and applying the most appropriate econometric and statistical methods. An information session will be held on January 24 to provide researchers with sufficient information on the potential of the MTI Performance Indicators database before drafting and submitting their proposals which must be submitted by March 29. ESDC plans to fund two programs, each not exceeding $125,000 overall. All details are provided in the RFP.

 

New dataset in the RDCs

Data from the Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) is now available in the RDCs. The PSIS is a national survey that provides detailed information on enrolments and graduates of Canadian public postsecondary institutions in order to meet policy and planning needs in the field of postsecondary education. The PSIS RDC dataset consists of data for public institutions across all provinces and territories from 2009 onwards. Prior to 2009, institutions from select jurisdictions have been included to facilitate analysis with tax data that is concurrently being undertaken by Statistics Canada. PSIS Linked to T1 Family File (T1FF) is also available for the Maritimes provinces.

 

20 December 2017 - 11:08am |

New Statistic Act

On December 13, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, welcomed Royal Assent of a bill that reinforces Statistics Canada’s independence through legislative amendments to the Statistics Act. Among other targeted amendments, the new Act enables the appointment of the Chief Statistician by the Governor in Council to a renewable term of not more than five years — the Chief Statistician may only be removed for cause — and creates the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council to advise the Minister and Chief Statistician on the overall quality of the national statistics system and publish an annual report. Read the news release.

15 December 2017 - 6:26am |

Parliamentary internship

You are a young researcher interested in learning more about the federal policy process hands-on? The Parliamentary Internship Programme is a great opportunity to learn firsthand about the work that goes on in the House of Commons. You will write speeches, briefing notes, research reports, and questions for question period. You will visit your MP's riding, author innovative research papers on Parliament and the work of MPs, and take part in unique legislative study tours within Canada and abroad. This internship is a 10-month, full-time, paid position. Apply by January 31, 2018

 

 

14 December 2017 - 8:10am |

Volunteering in Canada: what do we know?

December 4 is International Volonteer Day. We take this opportunity to highlight the research on volunteering being done in the RDCs with various datasets, notably the GSS on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating. Is compulsory volunteering for adolescents an effective means to developing volunteering afterwards, in adulthood? How does charity proximity affect behavior? Are contributions of time and money substitutes or complements? What is the impact of religion, taxation, and social cohesion on volunteering and charitable donations? These are some of the questions that our researchers have examined. Find more, in our online bibliography.

5 December 2017 - 11:37am |

LSIC-IMDB pilot project in the RDCs: call for proposals

The Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC), an immigration panel survey, and tax data information from the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) have been combined to provide an extended analytical file (LSIC-IMDB).In order to support the use of this extended longitudinal file in the RDCs, Statistics Canada is launching a pilot project to address the feasibility issues, including further testing of the confidentiality vetting rules and testing of the IT resources necessary to transfer and analyze this large data file. The extended LSIC-IMDB file offers a unique opportunity to connect the respondents' social characteristics to long term socioeconomic outcomes without adding a new wage of interviews. With IMDB tax files updated yearly, LSIC respondents can be followed longitudinally without any sort of respondent burden. Researchers are invited to submit proposals by December 22, 2017. For all details, please click here.

29 November 2017 - 11:17am |

IMDB pilot project in the RDCs: call for proposals

In order to support the extended use of the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) in the RDCs, Statistics Canada is launching a pilot project to address feasibility issues, including further testing of the confidentiality vetting rules and testing of the IT resources necessary to transfer and analyze these large data files. This dataset combines linked administrative immigration and tax data files. It is a comprehensive source of data on the socio-economic outcomes of the immigrant tax filer population in Canada. Researchers are invited to submit proposals by December 22, 2017. For all details, please click here.

28 November 2017 - 3:04pm |

Indigenous Policy Research

The report summarizing the discussion during the policy research workshop on Indigenous issues that the Network held last May in Ottawa is now available. This workshop culminated a two-year partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to support policy relevant research using data from the 2012 cycle of the Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS). The workshop gathered approximately 65 invitees to discuss the results of these research projects focusing on Indigenous education, employment, and health, as well as the state of the data landscape relative to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. “Ethics,” “respect,” “collaboration,” “synergy,” and “strength” capture the main message from the workshop. Happy reading!

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