Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering

Detailed information for 2004





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This Account provides statistics on the economic contribution of the non profit sector in Canada.

Data release - December 7, 2007


The Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering was designed to measure the contribution of the nonprofit sector to the Canadian economy. Estimates in the satellite account are built from a wide range of data sources, including administrative files (tax records), Statistics Canada surveys and public accounts information. They are compiled according to international standards within the Canadian System of National Accounts.

Statistical activity

The Canadian System of National Accounts (CSNA) provides a conceptually integrated statistical framework for studying the state and behavior of the Canadian economy. The accounts are centered on the measurement of activities associated with the production of goods and services, the sales of goods and services in final markets, the supporting financial transactions, and the resulting wealth positions.

To produce financial statistics, the CSNA measures the economic dimensions of the public sector of Canada, including the financial inter-relationships among the thousands of entities that make up the three levels of government in Canada (federal, provincial and territorial, and local). In order to carry out this program, the CSNA maintains a universe of all public sector entities including their complex inter-relationships.


  • Economic accounts
  • Society and community
  • Volunteering and donating

Data sources and methodology

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that 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.

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