Securities Brokerage Services Price Index (SBSPI)

Detailed information for fourth quarter 2016





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This price index measures the change in average prices charged for securities brokerage services in Canada.

Data release - This is a pilot survey. No data, files or results will be released.


The Survey of Securities Brokerage Services collects data on retail full-service brokerage services provided by registered Dealer/Broker firms in Canada.

The information collected in this quarterly pilot survey will be used to produce a price index that measures the change in average prices charged for securities brokerage services in Canada.

Statistics Canada will use this index to estimate inflation adjusted growth and productivity for this sector of the Canadian economy.

Statistical activity

This index is part of the Services Producer Price Index program (SPPI) at Statistics Canada.

The SPPI program develops and produces price indexes for a number of business service categories. This initiative fills an important data gap in the area of economic statistics and has resulted in a more comprehensive set of service price indexes. These indexes allow Statistics Canada to produce more accurate estimates of real-value added (Gross Domestic Product) and changes in productivity.

Collection period: During the quarter following the reference quarter


  • Prices and price indexes
  • Service price indexes

Data sources and methodology

Instrument design

The questionnaire for this pilot survey was developed and tested in consultation with several securities brokerage firms and Statistics Canada's Questionnaire Design Resource Centre.


This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.

The sample selection method used is a cut-off sample based on revenue.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Data are collected from respondents through questionnaire mail out, while follow up for non-response and partial data is conducted by telephone.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Disclosure control

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.

Collected data are converted to a price index and data are released as such, so that it is not possible to identify the suppliers of raw prices.

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