Industrial Chemicals and Synthetic Resins

Detailed information for 2021





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The annual survey, Industrial Chemicals and Synthetic Resins, measures quantities of selected industrial chemicals and new virgin resins (excluding compounding or colouring ingredients) that are produced by Canadian manufacturers.

Data release - August 15, 2022


This survey measures, on an annual basis, the quantities of selected industrial chemicals and new virgin resins (excluding compounding or colouring ingredients) that are produced by Canadian manufacturers.

The quantities of industrial chemicals and new virgin resins produced are used as an indicator of the economic condition of the chemical manufacturing industry; as an input to Canada's Gross Domestic Product and as an input into macro- and micro-economic studies to determine market shares and industry trends. Data are used by the business community, trade associations (including the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association), federal and provincial departments and international organizations.

Reference period: The calendar year.

Collection period: January to May of the year following the reference period.


  • Chemicals, plastics and rubber
  • Manufacturing

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population for this survey includes manufacturers in Canada of industrial chemicals and synthetic resins as defined in the North American Product Classification system 2017 - Canada, variant 1.0 that report these products to the Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging or ASML (record number 2103). This means that estimates from this annual survey do not cover the entire universe of industrial chemicals and synthetic resins producers in Canada, because the ASML does not survey all businesses. Instead, the ASML uses administrative data to cover the small and medium-sized establishments. These manufacturers are not part of this annual survey.

Instrument design

The questionnaire for this survey has remained stable over the years, although the format and wording has been modified to maintain its relevance based on feedback from survey respondents and data users.

Regular dialogue is maintained with the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) and the respondents, and every effort is made to ensure questions asked are relevant and can be answered by the manufacturers.


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

This methodology does not apply.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2022-01-24 to 2022-05-02

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Data are collected annually from survey respondents using a mail-out / mail-back process. Data capture and preliminary editing are performed simultaneously to ensure validity of the data. Businesses from whom no response has been received or whose data may contain errors are followed-up by telephone or fax.

Under normal circumstances, data are collected, captured, edited, tabulated and published within 8-10 weeks after the reference year.

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

Error detection

In order to detect errors and internal inconsistencies, automated edits are applied to captured data to verify that totals equal the sum of components and that the data are consistent with the previous year's data. Data that fail the edits are subject to manual inspection and possible corrective action.

In addition, subject matter experts analyze the data at a more aggregate level to detect and verify any large year-over-year changes for the industry.


Missing data for the current year are imputed automatically by applying to the previous year's value. However, an option exists for analysts to manually override this imputation with a better estimate based on pertinent knowledge about the industry or the business.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

Survey results are analyzed to ensure comparability with patterns observed in the historical data series and the economic condition of the industry. Information available from other sources such as the media, other government organizations, and industry associations, are also used in the validation process.

Disclosure control

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

Direct disclosure may occur when the value in a tabulation cell is composed of a few responses or when the cell is dominated by a few companies. Residual disclosure may occur when confidential information can be derived indirectly by piecing together information from different sources or data series.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

Data may be revised to include amended information or reports from respondents that are received after the end of the collection cycle. Revisions are disseminated in a subsequent period and reflected in the CANSIM series.

Data accuracy

The methodology of this survey has been designed to promote data accuracy. Since data are collected from all Canadian producers of industrial chemicals and synthetic resins, as defined in the target population, the resulting estimates are not subject to sampling error. However, the results are still subject to the non-sampling errors associated with coverage, non-response, inaccurate reporting, and processing. Errors relating to coverage and non-response can be measured. All attempts are made to control inaccurate reporting and processing errors.

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