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Thursday, March 23, 2017
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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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 ...
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
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%).
Monday, March 20, 2017
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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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.
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%.
Friday, March 17, 2017
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 ...
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 ...
Monday, March 13, 2017
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.