Quarterly Stocks Survey - Frozen and Chilled Meats

Detailed information for January 1, 2017





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The survey collects the data needed to produce statistics on the stocks of frozen and chilled meat held at establishments registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Data release - February 20, 2017


This survey collects data from cold storage warehouses on stocks of frozen and chilled red meat. These data are used by agricultural industry analysts and producers as they make production and marketing decisions and by government analysts to monitor the livestock industry or develop agricultural policies in Canada.

Reference period: First business day of January, April, July and October.

Collection period: each quarter


  • Agriculture
  • Livestock and aquaculture

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The universe consists of all cold storage warehouses storing red meat licensed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Instrument design

The paper questionnaire has remained stable over the decades, although formats and wording have been modified to maintain its relevance based on feedback from respondents and users.


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

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Questionnaires are mailed to all cold storage warehouses, and mailed back. Telephone follow-up procedures ensure a high rate of return during data collection.

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

Error detection

Both quarterly reports and provincial totals are scrutinized to ensure that they are consistent with previous periods and industry trends.


Missing reports are manually imputed based on previous reports, historical averages or ratios. This is required if the current quarter's data are not available and are usually updated with completed questionnaires the following quarter.


This methodology type does not apply to this survey.

Quality evaluation

The survey results are evaluated through comparisons to previous estimates and other sources when available. Biological factors and industry limitations are used as a guide when evaluating the data or comparing to other data sets.

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.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology type does not apply to this survey.

Data accuracy

As this is a small census style survey with rigorous follow-up as required, data quality is deemed to be very high. In the case of a late report, telephone follow-up results in a high response rate. If the data cannot be obtained, estimates are made, and the data are revised the following quarter.

The accuracy of this survey is high as the response rate is normally above 80%, covering 90% of the industry.

The quality of this survey is very good as the preliminary estimate compared to the final is usually within 2%.

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