Easily connect to Statistics Canada’s Web Data Service with R. Open economic data (formerly known as CANSIM tables, now identified by Product IDs (PID)) are accessible as a data frame, directly in the user’s R environment.
The released version of statcanR package is accessible through CRAN and devtools.
This section presents an example of how to use the statcanR R package and its function statcan_data().
The following example is provided to illustrate how to use the function. It consists in collecting some descriptive statistics about the Canadian Labour Force at the federal, provincial and industrial levels, on a monthly basis.
With a simple web search ‘statistics canada wages by industry metropolitan area monthly’, the table number can easily be found on Statisitcs Canada’s webpage. Here is below a figure that illustrates this example, such as ‘27-10-0014-01’ for the Federal expenditures on science and technology, by socio-economic objectives.
Once the table number is identified, the statcan_data() function is easy to use in order to collect the data, as following:
library(statcanR) mydata <- statcan_data("27-10-0014-01","eng") # sqs_statcandata will be deprecated mydata <- sqs_statcan_data("27-10-0014-01","eng")
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To cite stantcanR package in your work:
Warin, T., Romain Le Duc (2019). statcanR: Client for Statistics Canada’s Open Economic Data. v0.1.0.