The Daily Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Press Release

Gross domestic product, income and expenditure, first quarter 2023

Real gross domestic product rose 0.8% in the first quarter, after posting no change in the previous quarter. Favourable international trade and growth in household spending were moderated by slower inventory accumulations as well as declines in housing investment and business investment in machinery and equipment.

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Gross domestic product by industry, March 2023

Real gross domestic product was essentially unchanged in March. Service-producing industries were essentially flat, while goods-producing industries edged down 0.1%.

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Food availability, 2022

In 2022, some food industry sectors in Canada, such as fresh produce and poultry, experienced record production. However, some sectors exported more food internationally in 2022 than in 2021. In addition, the food industry was affected by supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as shipping delays, product and labour shortages, and price increases.

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Food services and drinking places, March 2023

On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the Food Service and Drinking Places subsector decreased by 2.2% to $7.7 billion in March. Limited-service restaurants (-4.4%) and drinking places (-8.5%) were responsible for the decrease. Special food services (+1.2%) saw an increase and sales at full-service restaurants were unchanged (+0.0%). All the provinces saw decreases, with the largest being in Quebec (-3.8%), Ontario (-1.3%), Alberta (-2.9%) and British Columbia (-1.8%).

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Public Service Employee Survey, 2022/2023

New results from the Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) indicate that, despite the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing work conditions, more than four in five (81%) public servants like their job, and 78% of employees report having support in balancing their work and personal life.

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Exploring the social interactions of those with and without mental health-related disabilities

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Statistics Canada is releasing a new fact sheet titled “Social connections among persons with and without mental health-related disabilities, 2020.” Disability can affect interactions with others, impacting social connectedness. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting health and safety measures altered how Canadians interacted with their social networks. This shift led to increased feelings of isolation and mental health-related challenges, which aligns with the study titled, “Self-perceived mental health and mental health care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic,” which describes an overall decrease in well-being for many Canadians, especially persons with mental health-related disabilities.

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Weekly aircraft movements, May 13 to 19, 2023

Weekly data on aircraft itinerant movements are now available for May 13 to 19, 2023.

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