The new National Cannabis Survey found that Quebec had the lowest rate of cannabis use among all provinces
Statistics Canada’s chief statistician looked at all the data, came up with a Top 10 list for 2018 and decided that cannabis was the choice over all other contenders.
Calling 2018 “an action-packed year in the world of data,” the list is based on the many newsworthy topics explored over the course of the year and addressed in the agency’s 1,221 releases in The Daily.
Cannabis was the topmost pick. “In time for cannabis legalization in October, Statistics Canada was ready to release new information on the impacts on the economy, health and justice systems,” notes a press release from the country’s national statistical office.
The agency created the Cannabis Stats Hub to provide a one-stop shop for new information on cannabis and to measure the impacts of legalization, the new National Cannabis Survey found that Quebec had the lowest rate of cannabis use among provinces, and the last Cannabis Economic Accounts shows Canadians spent $5.9 billion (expressed at annual rates in nominal terms) on cannabis products in the third quarter of 2018 (83.9 percent of which was purchased illegally for non-medical use).
“Related releases on topics such as municipal wastewater testing to measure consumption and crowd sourcing statistics on cannabis pricing also garnered significant interest,” the statement adds.
The nine other issues to make the Top 10 (from 10 to two) are as follows: infrastructure and Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey; growth in GDP and wealth; population growth; findings on Aboriginal People in Canada, from the Aboriginal People’s Survey; international trade, the release of an expanded set of international trade statistics and estimates of monthly trade in services; health statistics; housing; justice, including data on the rise in hate crimes and new data on unfounded criminal incidents; and Canada’s job numbers, including the country’s lowest unemployment rate in 40 years.
“As 2019 begins, we will continue to modernize and keep pace with today’s data-driven economy and society,” StatsCan reports.
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