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Worksheet 4

Checklist of Statistical Information

Ways to Use this Worksheet

  • Use it as a guide to get you and the planning group thinking about the kind of statistical data to collect as part of the community assessment.
  • Use it as a checklist to help you determine what statistical data is actually available for your community.

Population Characteristics

  • Total population
  • Historical growth
  • Age and gender distribution
  • Ethnic origin
  • Recent immigrants
  • Household/family composition
  • Education level
  • Home language
  • Persons who speak neither English nor French

Economic Indicators

  • Labour force participation
  • Employment rates
  • Average and median income
  • Source of income
  • Employment by sector/industry
  • Population below low income cutoffs
  • Seniors receiving OAS/GIS
  • Households with children receiving SFI
  • Food bank usage

Housing

  • Total housing stock
  • types of housing
  • Owned/rented housing
  • Social housing stock
  • Housing values
  • Dwellings that require major repair

Health Indicators

  • Birth
  • Infant mortality
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Deaths
  • Causes of death
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Teen pregnancies
  • Immunizations

Crime

  • Property crime
  • Crime against persons

Education

  • Enrollments at different schools
  • Children in school feeding programs
  • Children in special/alternative education programs
  • ESL students
  • Absenteeism
  • Disciplinary actions/expulsions
  • Drop-outs
  • Academic test results

Service Utilization

  • Child welfare
  • Youth probation
  • Mental health
  • Recreation programs
  • Other non-profit agencies
  • Special needs transportation
  • Home help

Adapted from Samuels et al., 1993