Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada (French Statistique Canada) is a Canadian federal agency, the statistics on the Canadian population, natural resources, economy, society and culture out there. It is called StatCan, which is also the official abbreviation. From The Economist or the Public Policy Forum, the Authority will regularly rated as the world's best-organized.


The authority is in addition to the statistics for Canada overall out also statistics for the individual provinces and territories. Overall, their number amounted to 350 In addition, the Authority organized every five years ( in the first and sixth year of a decade ), a nationwide census. The data of the last census of May 2006 for the first time also available on the Internet.


The Authority was formed in 1971 from the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in 1918. The first statistical Böhörden Canada dated 1841.


The head of the authority of the Chief Statistician of Canada. Since 2011, the Wayne Smith.


The Authority are numerous publications on the population, the economy, public health, the impact of the economy on immigration, on the income levels as well as the society, etc. In addition, a statistic newspaper, published the Survey Methodology.


The Authority defines different definitions to determine the Canadian regions for statistical purposes:

  • Census Agglomeration: metropolitan regions with a core city that has more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 inhabitants
  • Census Metropolitan Area: metropolitan regions with a core city, which has more than 100,000 inhabitants
  • Census Division: comprised of various administrative units of a province
  • Census Subdivision: further subdivision that is: City, Hamlet, Indian Reserve, Indian Settlement, Region and Town ( nationally) as well as in the different areas
  • Urban Area
  • Designated Place