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  • Issue 17-61

    Diabetes

    There were a reported 245,400 British Columbians aged 12 or older living with diabetes in 2015. This equates to 6.1% of the population in this age group, slightly lower than the rate for Canadians overall (6.9%). Across the country, rates were higher than the national average (6.9%, or 2.1 million people) in all four Atlantic Provinces and notably lower in Alberta (4.7%). Overall, males across the country were more likely (7.8%) than females (5.9%) to report having diabetes and people younger than 50 were much less likely to have diabetes than were those aged 50 or older.

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  • Issue 17-60

    Quarterly Population Highlights

    (Also available in PDF; associated tables are available in Excel)

    B.C. Highlights

    The population of B.C. was estimated at 4,777,157 as of January 1, 2017, growing by 3,812 persons in the last quarter of 2016 (up 0.08% from October 1, 2016).

    Combined net in-migration from all sources (inter-provincial and international) totalled 2,632 persons during the fourth quarter of 2016, the largest fourth quarter net migration in the last five years. Broken down, net interprovincial in-migration contributed 3,292 persons to population growth while net international in-migration subtracted 660 persons, due to a decline in non-permanent residents ...

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  • Issue 17-59

    Employment Insurance (EI)

    The number of regular Employment Insurance (EI) recipients in B.C. was relatively unchanged (+0.0%, seasonally adjusted) at 55,340 in January. An increase in the number of male beneficiaries (+1.0%) was offset by a decline among female recipients (-1.5%).

    Nationally, the number was down slightly (-0.3%), with 567,930 Canadians receiving regular EI benefits in January.

    Data Source: Statistics Canada

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  • Issue 17-58

    Retail Sales

    Retail sales in British Columbia climbed at a slightly faster pace (+2.9% in January, seasonally adjusted) than the nation as a whole, which saw sales climb 2.2%. Across the country, retailers in P.E.I. had the largest jump in sales in January (+4.3%), followed by those in Saskatchewan (+3.7%).

    Data Source: Statistics Canada

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  • Issue 17-57

    Highlights from the B.C. Small Business Quarterly, 4th Quarter 2016

    The number of small businesses in British Columbia (excluding self-employed persons) in December of 2016 was 188,057, up 1.9% from a year earlier.

    In the fourth quarter of 2016, new business incorporations jumped 10.8% from the level recorded in the same quarter of 2015. This boost marked the fifth consecutive double-digit year-over-year increase.

    Both consumer (-21.0%) and business (-27.7%) bankruptcies were down in the fourth quarter compared to the same period a year earlier. The 34 business bankruptcies were among the lowest quarterly number recorded in recent years.

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  • Issue 17-56

    Wholesale Sales

    Wholesale sales in B.C. rose 0.8% (seasonally adjusted) in January, marking the fourth straight monthly increase.

    Nationally, sales climbed 3.3%, as strength in six provinces, including Ontario (+6.0%), outweighed lower sales in other provinces.

    Data Source: Statistics Canada

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  • Issue 17-55

    Visitor Entries

    Visitor entries to B.C. from the U.S. and overseas was unchanged (+0.0%, seasonally adjusted) for the second straight month in January. While entries from overseas sources jumped 3.6%, travel to B.C. from the U.S. slowed (-1.3%).

    Overall travel to Canada rose 3.1% in January. Visits from the U.S. were up a notable 3.6%, while travel from overseas sources also increased (+1.3%) from the previous month. Meanwhile, the number of Canadians returning home from abroad rose 5.3%.

    Data Source: Statistics Canada

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  • Issue 17-54

    Manufacturing Sales

    Sales by B.C. manufacturers edged down (-0.3%, seasonally adjusted) in January, adding to a 1.6% slip recorded in December. A slight increase in shipments by producers of non-durable goods (+0.1%) was not enough to offset a slump in the durables sector (-0.5%). The rise in the value of shipments of non-durable goods was backed by an increase in shipments by paper manufacturers (+3.0%), which comprise one of the larger manufacturing industries in the province.

    Among producers of durables, manufacturers of transportation equipment (+22.8%) and primary metal products (+1.1%) recorded notable increases in sales, but declines in shipments of ...

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  • Issue 17-53

    Head Offices

    There were 2,724 head offices in Canada in 2015, down (-1.3%) from 2,759 one year prior. At the same time, B.C. saw its count slip 1.9% between 2014 and 2015 (from 313 to 307). With the exception of New Brunswick and P.E.I., where the number of head offices remained unchanged, every province recorded a decline between 2014 and 2015.

    In 2015, Ontario continued to lead the way as a head office location (40% of the national total), followed by Quebec (21%), Alberta (14%), and then B.C. (11%). Head offices include establishments and locations primarily engaged in providing general ...

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  • Issue 17-52

    Building Permits

    The value of building permits issued by B.C. municipalities jumped 19.5% (seasonally adjusted) in January as planned spending on both residential (+14.2%) and non-residential (+35.7%) projects climbed. Building intentions for institutional and governmental buildings led the decline (+45.4%), but commercial (+33.5%) and industrial (+32.3%) permits were also up.

    Nationally, builders took out $7.6 billion in building permits in January, 5.4% more than in December 2016. Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba played the biggest role in the overall monthly increase.

    Regional Building Permits

    The value of building permits issued by regions in the province was up 5.0% (unadjusted) in January, ...

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