Survey of the Construction Industry

Detailed information for 2000





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The survey collects financial and operating data needed to produce statistics for the Canadian construction industry.

Data release - October 30, 2002


This survey objective is the collection and publication of financial and operating data on the Canadian construction industry. Survey results represent fiscal year estimates of financial statistics.

The information from the survey can be used by businesses and trade associations for market analysis and assessment of industry performance, operating characteristics and trends; by government to develop national and regional economic policies; by other users involved in research or policy making and by Statistics Canada for maintaining important data input in the preparation of the Canadian System of National Accounts.


  • Construction
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Residential construction

Data sources and methodology

Target population

Classified under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 23, this industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in the building, renovating and repairing of all types of buildings and structures. These establishments were in operation for at least one day during the reference period. Both incorporated and non-incorporated businesses, as well as employer and non-employer enterprises are included in the survey.

Instrument design

Not applicable.


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

Data are extracted from administrative files.

Data emanate from administrative data sources; no Statistics Canada questionnaires are used for collection.

Error detection

At the reception stage, reported data are examined for completeness and inconsistencies using automated edits coupled with analytical review.


No imputation is done for this statistical program.


General estimation system is used to provide estimates for the entire observed population.

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 does not apply to this survey.

Data accuracy

All surveys are subject to sampling and non-sampling errors. Statistics Canada uses a variety of methods to minimize all types of errors. Every effort was made to minimize the non-sampling errors of omission, duplication, reporting and processing.

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