Annual Survey of Small For-Hire Carriers of Freight and Owner-Operators
Detailed information for 2008
The main purpose of this survey is to provide information about the size, structure and economic performance of Canada's small for-hire trucking industry and Owner-operators.
Data release - February 22, 2010 (This is the final release from the Small For-hire Carriers and Owner Operators Survey since the survey has been discontinued.)
Note: Reference year 2008 is the final release from the Small For-hire Carriers and Owner Operators Survey since the survey has been discontinued. However, the population covered by the survey has been integrated into two new surveys: the Quarterly Trucking Survey (QTS, record number 2748) and the Annual Trucking Survey (ATS, record number 2742). The first release from the QTS, for the first quarter of 2009, took place on October 14, 2009, while the first results from the ATS, for reference year 2009, are expected to be released early in 2011.
The main purpose of this survey is to provide information about the size, structure and economic performance of Canada's Small for-hire trucking industry and Owner-operators.
The data are used by Statistics Canada as input to the System of National Accounts, by Transport Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and other federal and provincial departments, as well as transportation companies, consulting firms, universities and foreign governments.
Small: - generally refers to:
- those carriers or owner operators with annual revenues ranging from $30 thousand to $1 million dollars and
- small for-hire and owner operators involved in transportation by truck of general freight, liquid and dry bulk, forestry products and other specialized freight.
This survey originated following a recommendation by a 1990 Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA ) task force.
This statistical activity is part of a set of surveys measuring various aspects of activities related to the movement of people and goods. These surveys are grouped as follows:
Transportation by air includes records related to the movement of aircraft, passengers and cargo by air for both Canadian and foreign air carriers operating in Canada as well as the financial and operating characteristics of Canadian air carriers. These data are produced by the Aviation Statistics Centre.
Transportation by rail includes records relating to rail transportation in Canada, and between the United States and Canada.
Transportation by road includes records relating to all road transport in Canada. In addition to surveying carriers and owners of registered motor vehicles, certain programs rely on aggregation of provincial and territorial administrative records.
Reference period: Calendar year
- Transportation by road
Data sources and methodology
The target population includes all Canadian-domiciled for-hire motor carriers (companies) with annual operating revenues greater than or equal to $30 thousand and less than $1 million, as well as all Canadian-domiciled owner operators with annual operating revenues of $30 thousand and more. Courier and messenger services are not covered by this survey, nor are the private carriers.
The survey population consists of all companies on Statistics Canada's Business Register, the Central Frame Data Base (CFDB), classified as trucking companies with annual gross business income greater than or equal to $30 thousand and less than $1 million, or with annual gross business income of $1 million and more if these companies are known as owner operators. In addition, the survey population includes some companies from an administrative file of tax filers classified as trucking companies with annual operating revenues greater than or equal to $30 thousand and less than $1 million that are not yet found on the Business Register.
This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.
No sampling was done for this reference year.
Data are extracted from administrative files and derived from other Statistics Canada surveys and/or other sources.
The 2008 estimates were not produced using a sample survey directly, but were derived from the 2007 survey results and administrative data for 2008. More specifically, 2008 data from tax filers and the Business Register were used to calculate factors which were applied to the 2007 survey estimates to generate estimates for 2008.
Reported data are examined for completeness and consistency using automated editing coupled with analytical review.
No imputation is done for this statistical program.
This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.
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. 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 does not apply to this survey.
Since the 2008 estimates were derived using a non-probabilistic method, no data accuracy measures can be provided. As a result, the estimates should be used with caution.
- Motor Carriers of Freight Survey - Historical Notes