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The Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) is a tool designed to assist those interested in analyzing the financial interactions of governments and individuals in Canada. It can help one to assess the cost implications or income redistributive effects of changes in the personal taxation and cash transfer system. As the name implies, SPSD/M consists of two integrated parts: a database (SPSD), and a model (SPSM). The SPSD is a non-confidential, statistically representative database of individuals in their family context, with enough information on each individual to compute taxes paid to and cash transfers received from government. The SPSM is a static accounting model which processes each individual and family on the SPSD, calculates taxes and transfers using legislated or proposed programs and algorithms, and reports on the results. A sophisticated software environment gives the user a high degree of control over the inputs and outputs to the model and can allow the user to modify existing programs or test proposals for entirely new programs. The model comes with full documentation including an on-line help facility.

Users and Applications

The SPSD/M has been used in hundreds of sites across Canada. These sites have diverse research interests in the area of income tax-transfer and commodity tax systems in Canada as well as varied experience in micro-simulation. Our growing client base includes federal departments, provincial governments, universities, interest groups, corporate divisions, and private consultants. The diverse applications of the SPSD/M can be seen in the following examples of studies and published research reports:

  • Costing out proposals for amendments to the Income Tax Act affecting the tax treatment of seniors and the disabled
  • Estimating the fiscal viability of major personal tax reform options, including three flat tax scenarios
  • The comparison low income (poverty) measures and their effect on the estimates of the number of poor
  • An Analysis of the Distributional Impact of the Goods and Services Tax
  • Married and Unmarried Couples: The Tax Question
  • Taxes and Transfers in Rural Canada
  • Equivalencies in Canadian Public Policy
  • When the Baby Boom Grows Old: Impact on Canada's Public Sector

Some potential uses of the model are illustrated by the following list of questions which may be answered using the SPSM:

  • How large an increase in the federal Child Tax Benefit could be financed by allocating an additional $500 million to the program?
  • Which province would have the most advantageous tax structure for an individual with $45,000 earned income, 2 children and $15,000 of investment income?
  • What is the after-tax value of the major federal child support programs on a per child basis, and how are these benefits distributed across family types and income groups?
  • How many individuals otherwise paying no tax would have to pay tax under various minimum tax systems, and what would additional government revenues be?
  • How much money would be needed to raise all low income families and persons to Statistics Canada's low income cut-offs in 2014?
  • How much would average household "consumable" income rise if a province eliminated its gasoline taxes?
  • How much would federal government revenue rise by if there was an increase in the GST rate?

Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
hdl:11272/10704
0 downloads
Last Released: Jun 14, 2019
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LFS data are used to produce the well-known unemployment rate as well as other standard labour market indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate. The LFS also provides employment estimates by industry, occupation, public and private sector, hours worked and much more, all cross-classifiable by a variety of demographic characteristics. Estimates are produced for Canada, the provinces, the territories and a large number of sub-provincial regions. For employees, data on wage rates, union status, job permanency and establishment size are also produced.

These data are used by different levels of government for evaluation and planning of employment programs in Canada. Regional unemployment rates are used by Employment and Social Development Canada to determine eligibility, level and duration of insurance benefits for persons living within a particular employment insurance region. The data are also used by labour market analysts, economists, consultants, planners, forecasters and academics in both the private and public sector.

Production Date:February, 2018
Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
Distribution Date:February 08, 2019
hdl:11272/10714
28 downloads + analyses
Last Released: Jun 13, 2019
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The Postal Code Conversion File Plus (PCCF+) is a SAS control program and set of associated datasets derived from the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF), a Postal Code population weight file, the Geographic Attribute File, Health Region boundary files, and other supplementary data. PCCF+ automatically assigns a range of Statistics Canada’s standard geographic areas and other geographic identifiers based on Postal Codes. The PCCF+ differs from the PCCF in that it uses population-weighted random allocation for Postal Codes that link to more than one geographic area.

Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
hdl:11272/10729
47 downloads
Last Released: May 14, 2019
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The Individuals File, 2016 Census Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF) provides data on the characteristics of the Canadian population. The file contains a 2.7% sample of anonymous responses to the 2016 Census questionnaire. The files have been carefully scrutinized to ensure the complete confidentiality of the individual responses and geographic identifiers have been restricted to provinces/territories and metropolitan areas. With 123 variables, this comprehensive tool is excellent for policy analysts, pollsters, social researchers and anyone interested in modelling and performing statistical regression analysis using the Census.

Microdata files uniquely provide users access to non-aggregated data. The PUMFs user can group and manipulate these variables to suit data and research requirements. Tabulations excluded from other Census products can be created or relationships between variables can be analyzed using different statistical tests. PUMFs provide quick access to a comprehensive social and economic database about Canada and its people.

This product contains the data file (in ASCII format); user documentation and supporting information; all licence agreements; and SAS, SPSS and Stata program source codes to enable users to read the set of records. It is important to note that users will require knowledge of data manipulation packages (or software) such as SAS, SPSS or Stata to use this product.

Production Date:2019
Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
hdl:11272/10711
186 downloads
Last Released: Mar 6, 2019
Description:

Canadian business counts—previously called Canadian business patterns—provide counts of active businesses by industry classification and employment-size categories for Canada and the provinces and territories. Canadian business counts are based on the same criteria that were used to calculate Canadian business patterns.

The counts are compiled from the Business Register, Statistics Canada’s central listing of Canadian businesses. They are based on the statistical concept of “location”—that is, each operating location is separately counted, including cases where one business comprises multiple locations. For example, a retail business with 10 stores represents 10 businesses in the Canadian business counts. Generally, among all Canadian businesses, 95% are single-location enterprises.

Changes to the Business Register’s methodology or business industrial classification strategies can bring about increases or decreases in the number of active businesses reported in the Canadian business counts. As a result, the data do not represent changes in the business population over time. Statistics Canada recommends that users not use the data as a time series.

Production Date:May 10, 2018
Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
Distribution Date:May 10, 2018
hdl:11272/10655
0 downloads
Last Released: Feb 13, 2019
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The symmetric industry by industry input-output tables show inter-industry transactions, that is, all purchases of an industry from all other industries as well as expenditures on imports and the components of value added such as wages and gross operating surplus. Similarly, the symmetric final demand tables show all purchases by each final demand category from all industries as well as expenditures on imports. The symmetric input-output tables are analytically derived from the industry by product supply and use tables. The tables are available at the Detail level and at the Link 1997, Link 1961 and Summary aggregations.

Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
Distribution Date:October 08, 2017
hdl:11272/10710
0 downloads
Last Released: Feb 5, 2019
Description:

LFS data are used to produce the well-known unemployment rate as well as other standard labour market indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate. The LFS also provides employment estimates by industry, occupation, public and private sector, hours worked and much more, all cross-classifiable by a variety of demographic characteristics. Estimates are produced for Canada, the provinces, the territories and a large number of sub-provincial regions. For employees, data on wage rates, union status, job permanency and establishment size are also produced.

These data are used by different levels of government for evaluation and planning of employment programs in Canada. Regional unemployment rates are used by Employment and Social Development Canada to determine eligibility, level and duration of insurance benefits for persons living within a particular employment insurance region. The data are also used by labour market analysts, economists, consultants, planners, forecasters and academics in both the private and public sector.

Production Date:February 09, 2018
Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
hdl:11272/10575
199 downloads + analyses
Last Released: Feb 5, 2019
Description:

The symmetric industry by industry input-output tables show inter-industry transactions, that is, all purchases of an industry from all other industries as well as expenditures on imports and the components of value added such as wages and gross operating surplus. Similarly, the symmetric final demand tables show all purchases by each final demand category from all industries as well as expenditures on imports. The symmetric input-output tables are analytically derived from the industry by product supply and use tables. The tables are available at the Detail level and at the Link 1997, Link 1961 and Summary aggregations.

Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
hdl:11272/10709
0 downloads
Last Released: Feb 5, 2019
Description:

The symmetric industry by industry input-output tables show inter-industry transactions, that is, all purchases of an industry from all other industries as well as expenditures on imports and the components of value added such as wages and gross operating surplus. Similarly, the symmetric final demand tables show all purchases by each final demand category from all industries as well as expenditures on imports. The symmetric input-output tables are analytically derived from the industry by product supply and use tables. The tables are available at the Detail level and at the Link 1997, Link 1961 and Summary aggregations.

Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
Distribution Date:January 08, 2019
hdl:11272/10708
4 downloads
Last Released: Feb 5, 2019
Description:

This survey will give a detailed and up-to-date picture of not only what people are eating and what vitamins and minerals they take, but the impact this has on health and well-being. It will also evaluate changes in food consumption, nutrition and health since this survey was last done in 2004.

The objectives of the Canadian Community Health Survey - Nutrition are:

(1) To collect detailed data on the consumption of foods and dietary supplements among a representative sample of Canadians at national and provincial levels;

(2) To estimate the distribution of usual dietary intake in terms of nutrients from foods, food groups, dietary supplements and eating patterns;

(3) To gather anthropometric (physical) measurements for accurate body weight and height assessment to interpret dietary intake;

(4) To support the interpretation and analysis of dietary intake data by collecting data on selected health conditions and socio-economic and demographic characteristics; and

(5) To evaluate changes in dietary intake from the 2004 CCHS - Nutrition.

The data collected from the survey will be used by Statistics Canada, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, provincial and territorial ministries of health, as well as federal and provincial health planners across the country, industry and researchers and health professionals. Results from our surveys are used extensively for policy-making and program development that affect Canadian communities.

Producer:Statistics Canada (Statcan)
hdl:11272/10703
52 downloads
Last Released: Jan 11, 2019
 
 
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