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The Daily Monday, June 29, 2020

Press Release

Building permits, May 2020

The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities in May bounced back 20.2% to $7.4 billion, following declines of 13.4% in March and 15.4% in April.

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Industrial product and raw materials price indexes, May 2020

The Industrial Product Price Index rose 1.2% in May, driven mainly by higher prices for meat, fish and dairy products as well as energy and petroleum products. The Raw Materials Price Index increased 16.4%, mainly on higher crude oil prices.

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Canadian consumers prepare for COVID-19, December 29, 2019, to June 6, 2020

Data, which had previously been presented in the analytical paper “Canadian Consumers Prepare for COVID-19” as part of the Prices Analytical Series, have now been updated to include the reference period from December 29, 2019 to June 6, 2020. These data are available upon request.

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Principal field crop areas, June 2020

Canadian farmers reported planting more wheat, barley, lentils and oats in 2020, but fewer acres of canola, corn for grain, soybeans and dry peas, according to the June 2020 Field Crop Survey.

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Poultry and egg statistics, June 2020

Data on stocks of frozen eggs and poultry meats, as well as edible dried egg products, are available for June. Data on the placements of hatchery chicks and turkey poults are available for May. Data on egg production are available for April.

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Study: Automation and job transformation in Canada: Who is at risk?

The recent development of several artificial intelligence applications—such as driverless vehicles, robo-writers and computer-aided medical diagnostics—has led to concerns about the role of human workers in the future workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to these concerns, as work closures and the implications of physical distancing may lead businesses to turn to new, automated technologies to perform work activities. Although the long-term economic effects of the pandemic are still unknown, the integration of automation technology may be far-reaching since workplace closures have affected a broad range of industries and workers.

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Technical paper: Best practices for defining the Canadian public sector

The ultimate goal of compiling Government Finance Statistics is to disseminate data to policy makers and other users to assess the financial performance and position of the government, and the impact of fiscal policy on the economy.

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