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Statistics on British Columbia are available from a variety of sources: Statistics Canada, BC STATS, federal and provincial ministries and agencies, regional governments and municipalities. This guide will help you locate general and topical statistics on British Columbia.
If you don't find what you need, ask a librarian.
Almost all Statistics Canada publications are now freely available online. Search the Statistics Canada Website using British Columbia or using the subject you want and the term "province", e.g., housing and province. Check Statistics Canada's The Daily for latest releases. Print copies of older Statistics Canada publications are arranged in the library by Statistics Canada catalogue number. See the Library guide Statistics - Canada for more information.
The central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia, BC STATS collects and publishes reports of statistics from Statistics Canada, provincial government ministries and agencies and from administrative files. The website is organized by topic and has information about publications, quick facts about the province and current census information. Also check the Infoline blog for statistical highlights and information about new products and services.
Note that several key BC STATS publications such as Business Indicators and the Tourism Sector Monitor are available online for SFU researchers.
BC STATS Publications
Contains the latest issues of reports such as Current Statistics, Business Indicators, Consumer Price Index, Exports, Tourism Sector Monitor, Earnings & Employment Trends, Labour Force Statistics, Population Highlights, Small Business Quarterly, Quarterly Regional Statistics.
CANSIM (Canadian Socioeconomic Information Management).
Time series on a wide range of topics. Use this resource to compare time series over several years so you can perform further calculations using a numerical analysis program such as SPSS.
Canadian Research Index.
This index covers Canadian federal, provincial and municipal government publications. CRI documents (MICRO JL 044 37) are arranged in cabinets by Microlog number (look for microlog numbers of the format ### - #### when you are searching the index -- this is the number of the microfiche on the Library's 6th floor). Always check our catalogue and the relevant Canadian government website to see if you can get the same item in a more user-friendly format.
Available on a standalone machine in the Bennett Library only.
The PCensus system allows you to manipulate older census data (1981-2006) from British Columbia in a variety of ways, including comparisons with other provinces & regions or with the country as a whole.
Selected publications by topic
Crime / Police
See the research guide Crime and justice statistics.
Tourism Industry Performance
Includes customs entries data, provincial and regional room revenue, commercial restaurant receipts, provincial and regional occupancy and average daily room rates, visitor centres, regional airports, ferries, and conference centres.
British Columbia business indicators
Discontinued in 2014, but still useful if older data is needed.
British Columbia financial and economic review
Editions from 1997 to the present.
Elections Canada. Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. [print]
Employment / Labour
BC Stats: Wage rate information
Includes monthly tracking of wages by province and industry and the 2009 survey of employers
Environment / Climate
Lower Fraser Valley ambient air quality report / Greater Vancouver Regional District [print]
Previous title: Ambient air quality ... annual report. [print]
The newest issues is also online (choose Air Publication as your publication category)
Housing / Real Estate
Rental market survey report, British Columbia [print]
Natural Resources / Agriculture
British Columbia. Milk Marketing Board. [online]
Population / Migration
Regional and Municipal
Greater Vancouver key facts : a statistical profile of Greater Vancouver, Canada. [print]
Metro Vancouver Regional Data and Statistics: Provides access to monthly and annual regional planning data along with housing data and census bulletins.
Vancouver trends. [print]
To find additional resources, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue for your topic with the addition of the words statistics and British Columbia; e.g., health and statistics and British Columbia.