Leaf Tobacco Area, Production and Value

Detailed information for 2004





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This survey collects data from tobacco producers in Canada.

Data release - June 24, 2005


This survey collects data from tobacco producers in Canada.The data are used by federal and provincial departments of agriculture and producer associations for market analysis and to keep abreast of changes in areas under cultivation. Health consultants and the media are particularly interested in the implementation of the planned transition programs.

Data which used to be released annually in the June issue of "Fruit and Vegetable Production" (online catalogue number 22-003-XIB), are published for the last time in the June 2005 edition.


  • Agriculture and food (formerly Agriculture)
  • Crops and horticulture

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population is producers of flue-cured and dark tobacco in Ontario and Quebec.

Instrument design

This methodology does not apply.


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

There is no survey sampling. Administrative data is collected for Ontario and Québec tobacco producers. All other provinces are too small to measure and, therefore, excluded from the published results.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are extracted from administrative files.

Area, production and value data are extracted from administrative files on a yearly basis from various marketing boards, processors and other information sources. Each spring the Agriculture Division of Statistics Canada receives the data through telephone calls, faxes and letters to track as precisely as possible the trends and variations in this industry.

Error detection

Current year preliminary administrative data is collected, verified and published. As part of the confirmation process, in order to ensure the published estimates are up-to-date, accurate and reliable, the previous year's data is re-collected and revised if required.


This methodology does not apply.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

To minimize the possibility of reporting errors the Agriculture Division conducts provincial consultations with Québec and the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers' Marketing Board prior to the release of data. Both provinces provide administrative data which is judged to be of very good quality, even in those circumstances where adjustments have been made.

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.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

The previous year's data is re-collected and revised if required.

Data accuracy

Every effort is made to ensure that administrative data are conceptually correct for the use to which they are put. Users should be aware that administrative data are generally compiled for an organization's own needs, and not for survey purposes. Any anomalies or inconsistencies detected are verified with the source, and where necessary, adjustments are made to reconcile data with the conceptual framework of our series. The administrative agencies used are considered to be the best source available, and data received from them is judged to be of very good quality, even in those circumstances where adjustments have been made. Much price data come from the accounting departments of various marketing agencies and so quality is deemed to be excellent.

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