Annual Survey of Service Industries: Specialized Design (DESG)
Summary of changes
Activity on this program started: 1998
Beginning with reference year 2017, the industry classification is based on North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2017.
Reference years 2012 and 2013 have been revised to reflect the important improvements Statistics Canada made to its methods and processes used to compile its annual economic statistics.
Statistics Canada launched the Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP) to provide a more efficient model for producing economic statistics. The main objective was to enhance the economic statistics program so that it remains as robust and flexible as possible while reducing the burden on business respondents. The program changes ensure that Statistics Canada will continue to produce a consistent and coherent set of economic statistics. As well, data users and researchers can more easily combine economic data with information from other sources to undertake their analyses. These changes took effect when data for the reference year 2013 were released.
Target population - Beginning with reference year 2013, the data are classified by industry based on North American Industry Classification System (NAICS 2012).
Target population - As of reference year 2007, the classification of this industry is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2007.
Instrument design - In 2005, in order to reduce respondent burden, smaller firms received a characteristics questionnaire (shortened version), which excluded the revenue and expense modules. For these firms, revenue and expense data are extracted from administrative files. Firms which operate in more than one industry or province received a full questionnaire.
Target population - As of reference year 2002, the classification of this industry is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2002.