Assignment : Interprovincial employment in Canada

There is a growing number of Canadians engaged in interprovincial employment (Canadians who work in one province and reside in another). The province of residence is the ‘sending’ province, and the province of work is the ‘receiving’ province. Some workers commute daily across provincial boundaries, whereas other interprovincial workers may commute by air, ferry, or car to work away for extended periods. The purpose of this assignment is to create two thematic maps to illustrate male and female interprovincial employment in Canada during the period 2002 to 2011 and answer questions based on the following article:

Morissette, R., and H. Qui. 2015. “Interprovincial Employment in Canada, 2002 to 2011.” Statistics Canada. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/pub/11-626-x/11-626-x2015047-eng.pdf?st=ftMC2AHt

This assignment consists of three parts, 1) creating two thematic maps, 2) answering questions from based on the 2015 article by Morissette and Qui, and 3) analyzing Table 5 in said article. All assignments must have a title page with the following information (student name, student number, course number and name, assignment number and title, my name, and date).

This assignment is worth 15 of your total mark and is due at the start of class on March 3, 2020. Late assignments will be accepted up to seven days past the due date; however, late submissions will be penalized 5% per day

Section A: Creating two thematic maps (60 marks – 30 marks for each map)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a map is worth even more. For this assignment, students will create two thematic maps based on information from Chart 5 in the article by Morissette and Qui (2015) to visually show the spatial distribution of provincial and territorial rates of male and female interprovincial workers. I will provide you with two blank maps to complete this assignment.

  • The first map will show the percentage of male interprovincial workers for the period 2002 to 2011 in each province or territory of residence.
  • The second map will show the rate of female interprovincial workers for the period 2002 to 2011 in each province and territory of residence.

Please categorize the male and female interprovincial employment rates into groups, such as 0 – 2%, 2.01 – 4%, 4.01 – 6.00 (and so on), and please consider the colours that you will use. Each map should include the following:

  • title
  • legend
  • and source the information used to construct the map

Each map will be marked based on the accuracy and completeness of the map content and its aesthetic appearance.

Section B: Questions based on the article by Morissette and Qui

(24 marks – 2 marks for each correct answer)

Please answer the questions in sentences.

1. Why do workers engage in interprovincial employment?

2. Which province or territory has at the highest percentage of male interprovincial employees?

3. Which province or territory has the highest percentage of female interprovincial employees?

4. Who is more likely to engage in interprovincial employment – men or women? Why do you think that maybe?

5. Is interprovincial employment more prevalent among younger or older employees? Why do you think that maybe?

6. Who are Outaouais residents?

7. What percentage of the interprovincial employment income came from Alberta for Newfoundland, Labrador, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia workers?

8. Where did half of Yukon’s interprovincial earnings come from?

9. What are the three most significant sources of interprovincial earning for Nunavut residents?

10. How many interprovincial employees worked in ‘receiving’ provinces or territories in 2011.

11. Which province received the most interprovincial employees in 2011? Why?

12. What was the total wages and salaries paid to interprovincial employees in 2011?

Section C: Table 5 trends from the article by Morissette and Qui

This section will be marked out of 6.

 Using Table 5, what trends do you notice about interprovincial employment by age group, sex, and province? What might explain these trends? Please answer in a short paragraph.  

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