Fur Farm Report - Mink and Foxes

Detailed information for 2015





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The purpose of this survey is to produce annual estimates of fur farm pelts produced in Canada.

Data release - October 24, 2016


This survey collects data from fur farms to prepare provincial estimates of inventories, peltings and values. The data are used by producer groups, provincial and industry fur analysts, as well as by other government departments and agencies. This information is used to determine the production and value of pelts from mink and fox farms and to calculate industry trends.

Reference period: Calendar year


  • Agriculture
  • Livestock and aquaculture

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The universe includes all mink and fox ranchers in 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

Data collection for this reference period: 2016-03-18 to 2016-06-03

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The survey is a census-type in that all known mink and fox ranches are contacted by mail. Mailing lists are produced from the Census of Agriculture and are supplemented by provincial governments. Non-respondents are followed up by telephone and mail by the Agriculture Division. Individual records are summed.

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

Error detection

Micro-editing is used during data processing due to the small number of questionnaires. Pairing is done to previous year's questionnaire. The balance sheet approach of the questionnaire serves to detect reporting errors.


Imputation is conducted manually for outstanding operations using previous reports, the Census of Agriculture along with biological factors and industry information.

Quality evaluation

The quality of the estimates is deemed to be high as the entire population is accounted for and the totals are validated using supply-demand analysis. The numbers are also verified with provincial specialists.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any data which would divulge information obtained under the Statistics Act that relates to any identifiable person, business or organization without the prior knowledge or the consent in writing of that person, business or organization. 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. Data are always available at the Canada level.

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, any missing or inconsistent areas on the questionnaire are imputed.

The accuracy of this survey is high as the respondents cover 80% of the industry.

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