Shortcomings, limitations' to StatsCan job numbers: Audit

Report highlights need for better data around job vacancies
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2014

With all the talk about labour shortages and misuse of temporary foreign workers, you would hope Statistics Canada has the numbers to provide an accurate picture — but maybe not.

The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has released a report suggesting there are gaps and limitations when it comes to key statistical data released by the agency, such as the Labour Force Survey, the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, the National Household Survey and the Consumer Price Index.

In particular, Statistics Canada is not meeting the need for data from small geographic areas and subpopulations in specific locations, said the audit. For example, results for the payroll survey are only released at the national, provincial and territorial levels — not the municipal level — so the data on job vacancies has limitations.