The Daily Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Press Release

Immigrants nearly three times more likely to experience persistent overqualification than non-immigrants

Overqualification among immigrants is a well-documented issue in Canada. In general, immigrants are more likely than the Canadian-born population to hold positions that require lower levels of education.

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South Asians report lower levels of mental health than other visible minorities during the pandemic

It is now well-established that the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the public health measures implemented in its wake to curb the spread of the virus (i.e., physical distancing), have taken a toll on the mental health of Canadians. Today, a new study highlights the pandemic’s impacts on the mental health of participants in a recent crowdsourcing survey who belong to population groups designated as visible minorities.

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Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2020

Labour productivity of Canadian businesses rose strongly (+9.8%) in the second quarter, while hours worked fell at a much faster pace than business output. This labour productivity increase was much higher than the previous record growth of 4.5% in the first quarter—in which the first lockdown measures were imposed, in mid-March.

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Farm Product Price Index, June 2020

The Farm Product Price Index (FPPI) decreased 0.8% in June compared with the same month a year earlier, a result of lower prices for hogs, grains and cattle. Following year-over-year gains in the first three months of 2020, the index started its decline in April as the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact the red meat sector.

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Income of families and individuals: Sub-provincial data from the T1 Family File, 2018

Data for 2018 family income and related demographic variables are now available for various sub-provincial and sub-territorial geographic areas. While this information does not yet reflect the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it does provide useful insights on the economic well-being of Canadians prior to the pandemic, and could serve as a baseline for measuring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on various aspects of the economy in the future.

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Provincial monthly average retail prices for selected products, July 2020

Data on monthly average retail prices for selected products, by province, are now available for July.

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Weekly aircraft movements, August 15 to 21, 2020

Data on weekly aircraft itinerant movements are now available for August 15 to 21, 2020.

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