Friday, December 2, 2016

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar

We are pleased to inform you that the following are now available on the Statistics Canada Nesstar WebView site (

Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – October
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – November
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey (EICS), 2014

And more to come!

To access the microdata housed in the Research Data Centres (RDCs), researchers must submit a project proposal to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada.
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Today's Release - LFS - November 2016

Labour Force Survey (LFS) – November 2016

LFS data for November 2016 are now available on the EFT site.

This public use microdata file contains non-aggregated data for a wide variety of variables collected from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS collects monthly information on the labour market activities of Canada's working age population. This product is for users who prefer to do their own analysis by focusing on specific subgroups in the population or by cross-classifying variables that are not in our catalogued products
The Labour Force Survey estimates are based on a sample, and are therefore subject to sampling variability. Estimates for smaller geographic areas, industries, occupations or cross tabulations will have more variability. For an explanation of sampling variability of estimates, and how to use standard errors to assess this variability, consult the Data Quality section in the Guide to the Labour Force Survey.

Eft: /MAD_PUMF_FMDG_DAM/Root/3107_LFS_EPA/1976-2016/data/


We are pleased to inform you that the following are now available on the Statistics Canada Nesstar WebView site (

Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – November


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LFS Microdata

Is it possible to access LFS microdata pre-1976.
If so, how far back can we go? As far as 1945?

“Regrettably, the microdata files are solely available going back to 1976, inclusively; nothing before that.”

Household Pets

I have some researchers looking for information on household pets both nationally and in Sarnia/Lambton. They would like to know:

- Stats related to what kind of pets people have and how many in each household
- Age related statistics of who is likely to adopt a pet
- Household expenditures on pets, pet supplies, and veterinary services broken down by age group

I was able to find information on the expenditures so far but I’m coming close to the deadline and am still searching for the rest.

I found this on the Does Statistics Canada collect this information? page that may be of some assistance:

“Pets, cats, dogs, stray animals, animal cruelty
Statistics Canada does not collect data on the number of pets (including cats and dogs) or stray animals in Canada. We do not collect data on animal cruelty or animal testing.

Statistics Canada has information on the following:
  • pet expenses as a part of household spending
  • livestock/farm animals
  • aquaculture/fish farming
  • ethical consumption
Some resources include
2011 Census of Agriculture
ARCHIVED – Spending patterns in Canada (See Tables 1, 2 and 4)
ARCHIVED – Ethical consumption

See also
For more information, see the following subjects:
Livestock and aquaculture
Food and nutrition
Natural resources

Unfortunately, you may be out of luck, as far as STC goes. On the page
it states "Statistics Canada does not collect data on the number of pets (including cats and dogs) or stray animals in Canada."

This might be of use to you:
Consumer Corner: Canadian Pet Market Outlook, 2014$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sis14914

Files with pet information (not going down to the Sarnia/Lambton unless go to the RDC, and then only MAYBE):
General Social Survey, 2010 [Canada]: Cycle 24, Time-Stress and Well-Being. Main file: 4 edition

Household Internet Use Survey, 2003 (and 2002 and 2001) [Canada]


National Population Health Survey, 1994-1995 [Canada]: General file (and Health and Supplements files)

What kind of pet - grouped

Friday, November 25, 2016

Proxy access to WDS and DLI Nesstar

Is it possible to configure proxy access to the WDS and Nesstar, or is access by IP recognition only?

Yes you can set up a proxy access.

These would be the URLs to include in your proxy settings:




Do we have access to SPSD/M through the DLI? If so, what's the process for gaining access?

In October, through individual communication send to DLI Contacts, the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) team was pleased to announce that the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) is now available through the DLI. For an overview of the SPSD/M product, see here.

Membership in the DLI is subject to the DLI Licence Agreement. The SPSD/M will be governed under a separate licence agreement as an appendix to the DLI Licence Agreement. These documents were circulated in personalized messages to DLI Contact email addresses.

If you are interested in obtaining access to this product, we ask that the library director (or the authorized signatory) sign the agreement and return a copy to the DLI. We will accept a scanned signed (electronic) version of the Appendix IV licence agreement for the SPSD/M.

Access to the product will be granted under a new safe in the DLI’s electronic file transfer (EFT) safe.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning 2013

I just had a query about the Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning (SAEP) 2013 ( I realize that the survey is available via the RDC, but are there any plans to make a PUMF available?

We have received the following response from subject matter:

"At present, we do not have any plan to make the survey data available via PUMF as there has been no budgetary provision made for it. We will keep you inform of any management decision regarding the provision of a SAEP PUMF."