Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Robert Hiscott on The Changing Canadian Population

Barry Edmonston and Eric Fong, eds., The Changing Canadian Population. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011, 384 pp. $34.95 paper (978-0-7735-3794-1), $95.00 hardcover (978-0-7735-3793-4

The Changing Canadian Population uses secondary analysis of Canadian census data to explore population change. It begins with "Canada’s Population Context," covering patterns of population growth as a function of primary demographic determinants of fertility, mortality and migration, age and sex composition (including patterns in dependency ratios), and trends in the number and size of Canadian households (including housing tenure and affordability). Part 2 examines "Social Stratification" focusing on a range of socio-economic status measures pertaining to education, employment (encompassing participation rates, labour force status, occupation and industry), and income (specifically, the incidence of low income in the Canadian population). Part 3 explores "Population Distribution and Migration" … Read more