Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use (SCIEU)
Detailed information for 2014
The purpose of this survey is to provide detailed information on the energy demand and consumption patterns of Canadian businesses, organizations and institutions.
Data release - Data will be released in June 2016
The purpose of this survey, sponsored by Natural Resources Canada, is to provide detailed information on the energy demand and consumption patterns of Canadian businesses, organizations and institutions. The survey collects data on the types and quantities of energy (such as electricity, natural gas etc.) consumed by businesses and institutions in Canada and by their buildings.
The data will be used (by utilities, as well as provincial and federal governments) to develop programs and policies that will improve the energy efficiency of commercial and institutional buildings in Canada. In addition, they will be used to support target programs, such as ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, providing the basis for updating the ENERGY STAR 1-100 performance scores currently available and for creating new scores for building types not currently eligible for a score. Industry associations, building managers and business owners will have up-to-date data on similar buildings with which to compare their own energy consumption. Energy specialists and consumers can use the data to learn more about their building consumption patterns.
Reference period: Calendar year
- Energy consumption and disposition
Data sources and methodology
The survey targets two populations: one to collect data on the floor space and energy used by establishments (establishment component) and the other to collect similar information for the buildings which the establishments occupy (building component).
This target population includes all active establishments in Canada in industries which belong to the commercial and institutional sector. Defined based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), these industries include: 41, 44, 45, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 61, 62, 71, 72, 81 and 91. These establishments must rent or own commercial or institutional space and have at least one employee. Establishments located in the Canadian territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) are excluded.
This target population includes buildings which have at least 50% of their space used for commercial or institutional purposes and have at least one full-time employee working during the shift when the largest number of employees is in the building of interest. Military bases, embassies and portable structures, as well as buildings located in the territories are excluded.
The targeted buildings can be classified by activity to the following 10 types:
- Office Building (non-medical)
- Office Building (medical)
- Primary or secondary school
- Assisted Daily Care Facility and/or Residential Care Facility
- Hotel, Motel and/or Lodge
- Food and Beverage Stores (excluding restaurants and bars)
- Retail Store (non-food)
- Other activity or function
In partnership with Natural Resources Canada, five collection instruments were developed to collect information on energy use by establishments and their buildings.
The first collection instrument was a script used during telephone interviews with sampled establishments to confirm that they were in-scope for the survey; to identify contact persons for the collection of establishment and building information; and to confirm the number, type and size of the buildings occupied by the establishment. The latter information was used to build a frame for the selection of a sample of buildings.
The four remaining collection instruments are used to collect information on the energy used by establishments (establishment questionnaire), by establishments' buildings (building questionnaire) or for both (hybrid questionnaire). The latter instrument is used in cases where the establishment is the sole occupant of only one building.
Questionnaire design specialists were consulted in the design and testing of the survey questionnaires. The questionnaires were tested with commercial and institutional establishments sampled from the Business Register. Their comments on the design and content were incorporated into the final versions.
This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.
Two distinct but related samples are selected for the Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use. A sample of establishments is selected first (establishment component). Information collected from in-scope establishments about their buildings is used to create a frame from which a sample of buildings is selected.
The survey frame for establishments is created from two lists. The first is a list of primary and secondary schools (private and public) compiled based on administrative data and research by the Center for Special Business Projects. The second list includes establishments in the industries targeted by the survey (excluding schools) drawn from the Statistics Canada's Business Register (BR) for reference month June 2014. In total, the frame consisted of 925,356 establishments. The frame of establishments is stratified based on industry group, region and size.
Establishments with more than 10,000 employees are selected with certainty. The largest establishments associated with buildings believed to be influential, are also incorporated with certainty. The establishments associated with each of the 11 largest government departments are also selected with certainty.
The allocation of the establishments is done in two steps. The first step ensures that the establishment-level estimates will be of sufficient quality. The second step adds sample to the initial allocation when required to support the production of building-based estimates. The post-allocation sample of 11,530 establishments was selected using the stratified simple random sampling approach.
The frame of buildings is the list of the buildings collected from in-scope, sampled establishments. No additional stratification of buildings is required beyond what has already been done for the establishments to which the buildings are linked.
An upper limit is placed on the number of buildings selected from those listed by each establishment. This is done in order to manage the response burden imposed on multi-building establishments. All buildings are selected for establishments that had 3 buildings or less. Three buildings are selected for establishments that had at least 4 but less than 50 buildings and 4 buildings are selected for the establishments with 50 or more buildings.
The sample of buildings for each establishment is selected using a systematic sampling approach whereby the buildings are first sorted in descending order by building size. The size of each building is requested when the list of buildings is collected from each establishment.
Data collection for this reference period: 2014-08-04 to 2015-12-18
Responding to this survey is mandatory.
Data are collected directly from survey respondents.
The survey is conducted through multiple modes. The establishment or building worksheets are administered using computer-assisted personal interviews. The paper worksheet is provided to respondents in advance to help them prepare for the interview. The establishment, hybrid, and building questionnaires are administered by mail using a paper questionnaire which is mailed back. A supplemental paper questionnaire is being sent to warehouses to collect additional detail for this building activity type. The warehouse questionnaire is also returned by mail. Follow-up for these questionnaires is done through a computer-assisted telephone interview.
The decision to collect the information through paper questionnaires or through personnel interviews was made based on the number of questionnaires and the types of questionnaires a respondent would be required to complete.
All collection for Hybrids is completed through paper questionnaire with CATI follow-up. The collection mode for the establishment questionnaire will depend on whether the contact person for the establishment and for the buildings which the establishment occupies, are the same. In the case where they are the same, both the establishment and the building data are collected using the CAPI application. For establishments with two unique contact persons for the establishment and building information, the establishment information is collected using a paper questionnaire with CATI follow-up and the building information collected using CAPI.
View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s).
The survey is in the post-collection phase and error detection is underway. Throughout the collection period, attention was given to the interviewer case remarks and notes to identify missing or incorrectly recorded values. Validity and consistency edits are being performed in the collection application to limit potential errors. There is ongoing review of the write-in fields of the questionnaire so that an efficient strategy can be developed for re-coding the responses.
In the post-collection stage, validity, distribution and consistency edits are being performed to identify incorrect, missing and invalid responses for usable records. There are many edit rules being created for this survey.
If a record has no response for one of the essential questions (mainly, type of energy source, square footage, building type), the record is not processed further, and is considered a non-respondent.
Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.
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