Statistics Canada's Learning resources
Annual journal 2011/2012

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Just for you—everything from Statistics Canada that’s most relevant to your students!

Resources by school subject:

Each subject page is divided into three tabs:

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Wayne Keil, Teacher librarian, Gold River, B.C.


Find resources on Canada's land, population and economy to fit your geography curriculum.

Key resources

Canada map—Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64 by highest level of educational attainment, by 2006 Census Division (CDs)Maps of all kinds...

Thematic maps spatially illustrate aspects of Canada's population like:

Find physical geography maps—ecozones, river basins, climate regions—as well as blank outline maps and reference maps for regions and major cities (Census metropolitan areas).


With population pyramids, watch the age structure of Canada's population evolve throughout the 20th century and spot the post-war 'baby boom' and the more recent 'boom echo'. Compare and contrast the different provinces and territories.


Find interesting articles by curriculum theme:

The land/natural resourcesCanada Year Book provides overviews on the environment, agriculture and energy. The Human Activity and the Environment series includes detailed reports on waste, climate change, food production and water.

Population/immigration/demography – Besides the concise Canada Year Book overviews, the 2006 Census reports provide a more in-depth view of both the national and regional pictures. Canadian Social Trends articles explore many aspects of immigration and diversity.

Also find articles under Trade/transportation/tourism and Urban/rural.


Find more at > Teachers > Geography

Family Studies and Home Economics

Key resources

Watch the animation Census families, 1921 to 2006 and discover historical events that influenced changes in family structures.

Find relevant articles sorted into these curriculum topics:

Remember: Look for detailed data tables on these topics in the Data tab.


Old B/W photo of a couple with their young son and daughter. From Glenbow Archives NA-5600-7189a

Find more at > Teachers > Family Studies and Home Economics.



Try this selection of more than 30 available lessons:



Find more at > Teachers > History.

Census of Canada resources

Mosaic of people of different ethnic originsResults from the Census of Canada are an indispensable source of information on our country's people:

We have gathered the most useful census materials for the classroom under the Census of Canada resources link in Learning resources.

Key resources

Animations bring to life different aspects of Canada's evolving population, from settlement of the regions, to a timeline of major events in the life of centenarians, and from changing families to immigration patterns over time.

For each census topic about Canada's people, the 2006 Census analysis article gives a comprehensive portrait of the situation, and the slide presentation offers a graphical summary.


2011 Census Teacher's Kit — Learn the purpose of the upcoming Census.

2006 Census Results Teacher's Kit — Relate the 2006 Census results to current issues such as population aging or changes in income or ethnic origins. Lessons for Grades 7 to 12 encourage critical thinking, as students locate, interpret and analyse census data. For example, The changing nature of work, employment and education has senior students examine changing labour market conditions, identify challenges and opportunities and then assess government plans to address them.


Discover our country with interactive databases!

Find more at > Quick links: Census of Canada resources.


Everything about surveys, graphing, statistics…

With Statistics Power from Data!, high school students gain in-depth knowledge of how to conduct a survey, from sampling methods to questionnaire design and from graphing to analytical measures. The most popular sections are Data collection, Types of graphs and Measures of central tendency.

Sinusoidal graph example: Estimates of population, by age group and sex, Canada, provinces and territoriesReal world function modelling

In our Function modelling section, find over 30 examples of real world datasets that follow linear, quadratic, exponential, sinusoidal and logistic functions. Lesson plans for each type of function provide instructions for accessing data from E-STAT, graphing them in a statistical analysis software, and adjusting the function's parameters to see the effect on the curve. Lessons include:

"I find the Statistics Canada function modelling site an exceptional resource."
Rick Seaman, Chair of Mathematics Education, University of Regina

Investigating social justice issues

Make data analysis meaningful by applying it to the study of social justice.

For intermediate and early high school students, use data of a local nature, such as data on recycling for your class from the Census at School survey. Senior secondary students are interested in broader societal issues. Our Investigating social justice issues section provides them with datasets and significant questions to explore in areas such as crime, health, the environment, labour or education. For example:

Census At School logoCensus at School—online survey project

Every year, about 30,000 students enjoy being part of Census at School—the unique, practical application of data analysis for intermediate and secondary students.

Now it's easier than ever to register your class, have students collect and analyse data about their class and compare them to national and international results. With 16 brief video tutorials, teachers get tips on preparation and teaching while students learn how to use spreadsheet and data analysis software.

"My students look back on the Census at School program as one of their most favourite parts of the year in Math."
Julie Hearn, Grade 6 and 7 teacher, Maple Ridge, B.C.

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Find more at > Teachers > Mathematics

Just for teachers video

Screen capture of the Just for teachers videoGetting prepared is easier than ever!

We know your time is precious. This school year we have made it simple for you to tap into the treasure-trove of curriculum–relevant material available from Statistics Canada.

Invest 7 minutes now to watch the video Just for teachers: StatCan’s Learning resources and save preparation time later.

This video tutorial guides you through the Teachers section of our web site and demonstrates how to fin appropriate material.

You are certain to see something of interest among the Key resources like articles, maps and animations, hundreds of Lessons that include student worksheets plus access to free Data- all displayed by school subject.

You can put these resources to use right away.

Just for teachers video- your time well spent!

Find it at >Teachers

A new face for our Student section

4 teenagers smiling, 2 boys and 2 girls

We have redesigned our Students page to make it more welcoming and useful for homework. Students will easily locate:

Find it at > Students.

Screen capture of part of the left side menu of the Learning resources module, showing the Search box.Teachers: Need help?

Try the Search box in Learning resources, which lists results relevant to teachers, including lesson plans.

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