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Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2021
Participating in a registered pension plan, which is a pension plan established by employers or unions for employees, is an important employee benefit which provides a measure of security for those in retirement. Altogether, nearly 6.6 million Canadians were active members in a registered pension plan (RPP) in 2020, up 57,000 (+0.9%) from 2019.
Research and development in Canadian industry: Intellectual property, 2020 (final)
As important as research and development (R&D) is to the success of a business, so too is the protection of the products or services that it develops. Through protection, businesses are able to legally safeguard their work, which can lead to increased competitiveness and value for shareholders. It also affords businesses the opportunity to recoup R&D costs by commercializing their intangible property to generate returns through intellectual property (IP) sales, licensing agreements, and the provision of technical assistance to clients.
Households and the Environment Survey, 2021
Single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic drinking straws, are major components of pollution. In early 2022, the Government of Canada implemented a plastics reduction strategy that aims to transition from single-use plastics to more environmentally friendly substitutes, such as paper or biocompostable plastics. Included on the list of products that will become less available are plastic drinking straws. Results from the Households and the Environment Survey can help demonstrate the progress being made in the reduction of single-use plastics.
Study: The religiosity of Canadians and the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many aspects of Canadian life, including religion. In particular, the risks associated with the virus, as well as physical distancing measures, have limited access to places of worship. Many religious organizations have offered the option to attend religious services online. Although the pandemic has made group worship difficult, some surveys conducted by private firms have suggested that it has led to an increase in prayer or a strengthening of faith.
Study: 2021 flash estimates of selected service industries
Today, Statistics Canada publishes a new article entitled “Forging ahead during the pandemic: How selected service industries bounced back in 2021.” According to this study, revenues in 2021 surpassed pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels observed in 2019 for most of the analyzed professional and administrative services industries.
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