We’re already proud of Analyst for Canada, which has offered comprehensive data on industries and occupations. With our newest data release, though, we’ve made the tool far more useful by adding complete data on Canada’s postsecondary educational programs. Using Statistics Canada’s excellent PSIS data, we’ve been able to compile data on completions for every single postsecondary program offered in Canada, classified by the standardized system of CIP codes.
For every region in Canada, users can see searchable lists of every postsecondary program being offered in the area, and how many students completed those programs. They can access information for the most recent years for which StatCan offers data. And, with a click, they can see a complete picture of how those programs and graduates relate to the economy as a whole: how many jobs there are in target occupations, what other programs train for those occupations, whether those occupations are growing or shrinking, and how much graduates can expect to earn when they get a job.
Completing the Labour Market Picture
For educational institutions, and for other users as well, Analyst’s new Education section completes the picture of the local economy. Now, users can see not only what kind of jobs there are in the area, and what kind of businesses those jobs are at, but also how the region is preparing workers for those jobs, and where there is a need for more (or fewer) trained workers.
The new education data creates a fully integrated picture of regional labour markets that isn’t available anywhere else. Looking at data on a specific occupation or industry? You’ll see an overview of what educational programs in the area train workers for that occupation or industry, and how many graduates those programs produce. With a click, you’ll be able to move over to a more detailed report, and to see what other, related, occupations and industries those graduates are moving towards.
New Data, New Geographies
To coincide with this new wealth of information, we’ve also improved the range of geographies available in the tool. Up till now, users have been able to build their regions out of “building blocks” of three different sizes — provinces, Census Divisions, and Census Subdivisions, the three levels of detail at which Statistics Canada records data. Using these, any specific area in the country could be used as a region, and — if users knew which Census Subdivisions to include — it was possible to create regions equivalent to Census Metropolitan Areas, StatCan’s officially designated cities. It was possible to look at Toronto or Vancouver on their own, but it wasn’t as easy as it could have been.
Now we’ve added Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) to the tool as a geographic option. Instead of building their own cities out of Census Subdivisions, users can simply choose to look at the CMA of, say, Montreal, without having to wade through the dozens of CSDs that make it up. One click and you’re there — we’ve made it that easy.
Analyst for Canada was already a powerful tool for those who need to know about trends and conditions in their local economies. But by adding education data and a new set of geographies, we’ve made our users even better equipped to see, and communicate, a coherent picture of the realities of their regional labour markets. Now, more than ever, Analyst gives users the whole picture on their local economy.