This file contains general time series labour force, unemployment and vacancy data collected to support a Prices and Incomes Commission study on the regional characteristics of inflation and unemployment. The data cover the time period between 1949 and 1971.
The data pertain to general time series econometric data contributions to Prices and Incomes Commission studies into the validity of existing economic theories on wages and the allocation of labour. The data in most cases are monthly and cover the time period between 1935 and 1971.
The data relate to general time series econometric data and social statistics concerning the state of Canada’s labour force. The data cover the time period between 1950 and 1970.
The dataset contains general time series econometric data contributing to a Prices and Incomes Commission study on inflation in the Canadian economy. The data cover the time period between 1961 and 1969.
Itinerant movements 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975
These datasets contain yearly aircraft movement statistics in Canada. Itinerant movement is one in which the aircraft taking off or landing is known to be leaving or entering the airport tower control zone.
Canadian industrial organization
The data contain variables relating to the structure, conduct, and performance of manufacturing industries in Canada as well as to the American industries that are counterparts of the sample of Canadian industries. The data were collected and cover the time period from 1975 to 1976.
Library and Archives Canada is in the process of extracting from outdated storage devices, and then preserving, the datasets of studies undertaken by federal departments. The studies, covering a wide range of topics-including the environment, health, and immigration–are being made available on the Open Data portal. To learn more about the structure of the data, see Open Data: Providing access to historical Government of Canada studies.
In the coming months, Library and Archives Canada will be releasing the following datasets:
Alouette I synoptic data
The data result from radio sounding of the ionosphere by the Alouette I satellite. The data sets being released relate to data collected from May 1, 1963, to December 31, 1966.
Water Survey of Canada
The Water Survey of Canada has been collecting and publishing hydrometric data since 1908. Five categories of data were collected between 1908 and 1979:
FLOW files – historical daily, monthly and annual streamflow data from stations across Canada
LEVELS file – historical daily, monthly and annual water level data from stations across Canada
HYDEX file – descriptive information for hydrometric gauging stations (streamflow and water level)
PEAKS file – annual maximum instantaneous discharges or water levels from some 1,400 gauging stations across Canada
SEDEX file – historical daily mean suspended sediment concentrations in milligrams per litre from gauging stations across Canada
Food Prices Review Board
The results from several food price studies undertaken between 1973 and 1976 will be released:
Average retail food prices in major cities across Canada
Availability of comparative price information and effects on consumers’ purchasing decisions
Price data on dairy foods in major cities across Canada
Costs and benefits of meat specials merchandizing practices
Beef and pork prices in major cities across Canada
Library and Archives Canada is in the process of extracting from outdated storage devices, and then preserving, the datasets of studies undertaken by federal departments. The studies covering a wide range of topics, such as the environment, health and immigration, are being made available on the Open Data portal. To learn more about the structure of the data see our blog Open Data: Providing access to historical Government of Canada studies.
Here is a summary of the datasets we have made available over the past few months. Curious about what these studies discovered? Check them out on the Open Data portal
Longitudinal study of immigrants – 1969–1971 arrivals
This longitudinal study investigated the economic and social adaptation of immigrants to life in Canada.
Canadian airmen of the First World War
This file includes personnel information for all traceable Canadian airmen who served in the First World War in the British flying services.
Results of Canadian Federal Elections 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1988 These files contain the voting records for each polling station, electoral district and province for all candidates in Canadian federal elections.
Canadians and Work These studies were undertaken in the 1970s and relate to Canadians and work. They include national surveys undertaken to assess job satisfaction and work ethic, Public Service Staff Relations Board pay-rate surveys and an employment study assessing the employment adjustment processes of Canadian graduates in the physical sciences.
Environment – Fire and Water
The Test fire, fuel moisture and weather observations datasets contain information collected between 1931 and 1961 about weather, fuel moisture and test fire behaviour measurements for eleven field stations across Canada.
The 1968-1979 Canadian Oceanographic Identification Centre dataset includes taxonomic data used to produce group, genus, and species catalogues for the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific freshwater areas.
The St. Lawrence River studies were undertaken between 1974 and 1976 to describe the water properties, pollution levels and sediment quality of the St. Lawrence River.
In the 1970s, Health and Welfare Canada sponsored several studies on the use of prescribed drugs, alcohol, and cannabis as well as drug-related deaths. Raw statistical data from four sets of surveys has recently been migrated into ASCII character-encoding scheme. Specialized software such as a spreadsheet or statistical tool is required to open, interpret and analyze the data. A codebook is provided that describes the file structure of the data and defines the variables contained in each field. If you are interested in any of the surveys listed below, they are now available on the Open Data portal.
Consumption of prescribed drugs in Canada 1977
In 1977, Health and Welfare Canada sponsored two studies relating to the use of prescribed drugs in Canada. Some of the main survey findings revealed:
Analgesics and antibiotics were found to be the most frequently used in the general population.
Anti-hypertensive and cardiac medications were used by elderly respondents.
Females were over-represented among users of sedatives and tranquilizers.
National surveys of alcohol consumption in Canada
The purpose of the Dialogue on Drinking Campaign was to increase public awareness of drinking behavior and encourage community involvement in programs directed toward alcohol-related problems. The campaign was carried out in phases using a variety of advertising mediums such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television broadcasts. This advertising was followed up by a series of surveys to investigate the public’s awareness of the Dialogue on Drinking Campaign itself and the drinking habits of Canadians. In 1976, one survey also collected data on the smoking habits of Canadians.
Use of cannabis by adult Canadians
In 1978, Health and Welfare Canada sponsored a survey of adults aged 18 and over. Respondents were interviewed on their use and frequency of use of marihuana and/or hashish. The study was undertaken to determine trends in cannabis use, identify populations at risk, assess social correlates of cannabis use, and formulate policy.
Drug related deaths in metropolitan Toronto
This data was collected in 1973 from the records of 18 full-time and part-time coroners from the Toronto area. The data was extracted from files which recorded alcohol- or drug-related deaths and includes the general drug category, specific drug, form of alcohol, name of solvents and poisons involved.
Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government details how the federal government is promoting transparency and accountability and encouraging citizen engagement by releasing unrestricted government data and information. Releasable information falls under two categories: structured data (machine readable) and open information (unstructured documents and multimedia assets). To make this information easily discoverable and reusable, it will be located on the Open Government website and made available under the unrestricted Open Government Licence. Structured data is made available through the Open Data portal of the website and unstructured information through the Open Information portal.
Library and Archives Canada is in the process of extracting and preserving datasets from outdated storage devices that are related to studies undertaken by federal departments. The studies cover a wide range of topics, such as the environment, health and immigration. The digital content from these studies, acquired since the early 1970s, is being converted from its outdated file structures and encoding schemes so it can be used by contemporary computers that are based on the ASCII encoding scheme.
Once the datasets are migrated, they will be made available on the Open Data portal. Codebooks that describe the file structure of the data and define the variables contained in each field will also be supplied. These migrated datasets will be in the form of raw data. To interpret and analyze the content in each file, you will require specialized software, such as a spreadsheet or a statistical tool. Raw data preserves the integrity of this archival content and will allow you to perform your own interpretation and analysis.
Stay tuned in the coming months for news about dataset releases.