Oils and Fats

Detailed information for December 2001

Status:

Inactive

Frequency:

Monthly

Record number:

2121

This survey was a cost-recoverable survey funded by the Canadian Oil Seed Processors Association designed to collect information on current levels of operation. The results, which provide an early indication of trends in the Canadian economy, were used extensively by the association, as well as by food companies and the Canadian Wheat Board.

Data release - February 8, 2002

Description

This survey measures the production of oils (mainly edible vegetable oils and related products) and fats in Canada. It collects information on domestic purchases and production of deodorized oils from processors of oils producing fully deodorized edible products for the month. It also contains data on sales of deodorized oils, packaged margarine, shortening and salad oils as well as oilseed crushings, and production and stocks of vegetable oils.

The federal government and the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association use the data collected from this survey to measure the production of this commodity, providing an Indication of the well being of the industry

This survey is a cost-recoverable survey funded by the Canadian Oil Seed Processors Association designed to collect information on current levels of operation. The results, which provide an early indication of trends in the Canadian economy, are used extensively by the association, as well as by food companies and the Canadian Wheat Board.

The survey was created to provide information for input into the System of National Accounts and for studying market trends in the manufacture and sales of these products. This survey also assists in enhancing the quality of information collected in the Annual Survey of Manufactures. Among the users of the survey are:
1. National Accounts
2. Other government departments
3. COPA
4. Potential entrepreneurs
5. Academics/researchers
6. The Oilseed Processing and the Fat and Oil Refining and Blending Industries

Reference period: Month

Collection period: End of month following reference month

Subjects

  • Food, beverage and tobacco
  • Manufacturing

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population includes all major manufacturers of vegetable oils. The survey frame is based mostly on the Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM) supplemented with information from the Monthly Survey of Manufacturing (MSM) or the industry association.

Instrument design

This questionnaire was designed using Statistics Canada questionnaire design standards. The design was done in consultation with the survey's funding/collection partners, the Canadian Oil Processors Association.

Sampling

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

Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore no sampling is done.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Mail-out is conducted every month, with a telephone follow-up procedure, data are captured, computer edited and tabulated.

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

Error detection

For error detection consistency, arithmetic edit and comparison to previous month and same month previous year are verified.

Imputation

Call back and last month proportion projection.

Estimation

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

Comparison to ASM, previous month and previous year.

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. The confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act override the provisions of any other Act, including the Access to Information Act, to guarantee the confidentiality of reported data of individual respondents. 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 statistical program.

Data accuracy

All survey data, from whatever source, are subject to errors, such as errors related to coverage, bad responses, processing and non-response.

In the case of the Oils and Fats Survey there is a possibility of under-coverage because the frame is derived from the ASM which lags behind the current survey. However, the risk of under-coverage is minimal because of advance information from the ASM frame, feed-back from MSM and information from other sources such as the Canadian Oil Processors Association.

The response rate is 62.7% for each month of 2001.

Responses and processing errors do not easily lend themselves to quantification . Where they are detected, they are corrected. Sometimes the data are revised at a later date. On a monthly basis, late or non-responses are imputed using a variety of methods, the most common being trend analysis.

Documentation

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