Annual Survey of Service Industries: Heritage Institutions

Detailed information for 2011





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This survey collects the financial and operating data needed to develop national and regional economic policies and programs.


This survey collects data required to produce economic statistics for the Heritage Institutions industry in Canada.

These data are aggregated with information from other sources to produce official estimates of the national and provincial economic production of all heritage institutions in Canada. Data on this and other industries together contribute to the accurate measurement of national and provincial economies.

Survey estimates are made available to businesses, governments, investors, associations, and the public. The data are used to monitor industry growth, measure performance, and make comparisons to other data sources to better understand this industry.

Statistical activity

The survey is administered as part of the Unified Enterprise Survey program (UES). The UES program has been designed to integrate, gradually over time, the approximately 200 separate business surveys into a single master survey program. The UES aims at collecting more industry and product detail at the provincial level than was previously possible while avoiding overlap between different survey questionnaires. The redesigned business survey questionnaires have a consistent look, structure and content. The unified approach makes reporting easier for firms operating in different industries because they can provide similar information for each branch operation. This way they avoid having to respond to questionnaires that differ for each industry in terms of format, wording and even concepts.

This survey is part of the Service Industries Program. The survey data gathered are used to compile aggregate statistics for over thirty service industry groupings. Financial data, including revenue, expense and profit statistics are available for all of the surveys in the program. In addition, many compile and disseminate industry-specific information.

Reference period: Calendar year


  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Business, consumer and property services
  • Business performance and ownership
  • Culture and leisure
  • Financial statements and performance
  • Information and culture
  • Museums, historic sites, archives and other heritage institutions

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population consists of all establishments classified as heritage institutions (NAICS 712) and archives (NAICS 519122) during the reference year according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

The survey covers those publicly and privately owned heritage institutions whose purpose is to preserve, interpret, and make accessible to the public, objects, specimens, documents, buildings, and land areas of educational and cultural value, including artistic, scientific, historical, technological and nature-related material. Heritage institutions include museums and non-commercial art galleries, archives, historic sites, buildings, parks or communities and nature parks and conservation areas with interpretation or educational programs. Also surveyed are exhibition centres, planetariums, observatories, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and arboretums.


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

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