Annual Survey of Service Industries: Consulting Services - Short Questionnaire - 2015

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Introduction

Purpose

This survey collects the financial and operating data needed to develop national and regional economic policies and programs.

Additional information

This survey is conducted by Statistics Canada in order to collect the necessary information to support the Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). This program combines various survey and administrative data to develop comprehensive measures of the Canadian economy.

The statistical information from the IBSP serves many purposes, including:

Calculating each province and territory's fair share of federal-provincial transfer payments for health, education and social programs;
Establishing government programs to assist businesses;
Assisting the business community in negotiating contracts and collective agreements;
Supporting the government in making informed decisions about fiscal, monetary and foreign exchange policies;
Indexing social benefit programs and determining tax brackets;
Enabling academics and economists to analyze the economic performance of Canadian industries and to better understand rapidly evolving business environments.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

You are legally required to complete this questionnaire according to the Statistics Act.

Authority

Collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

Confidentiality

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. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes.

Data-sharing agreements

To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that meet certain conditions. These agencies must have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and the legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act. Because these agencies have the legal authority to compel businesses to provide the same information, consent is not requested and businesses may not object to the sharing of the data.

For this survey, there are Section 11 agreements with the provincial and territorial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations. Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician, specifying the organizations with which you do not want Statistics Canada to share your data and mailing it to the following address:

Chief Statistician of Canada
Statistics Canada
Care of Roland Boudreau
Enterprise Statistics Division
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0T6

You may also contact us by email at: Roland.Boudreau@statcan.gc.ca or by fax at 613-951-6583.

For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Record linkage

To enhance the data from this survey and to minimize the reporting burden, Statistics Canada may combine it with information from other surveys or from administrative sources.

Security of emails and faxes

Statistics Canada advises you that there could be a risk of disclosure during facsimile or email. However upon receipt, Statistics Canada will provide the guaranteed level of protection afforded all information collected under the authority of the Statistics Act.

Note: Our online questionnaires are secure, there is no risk of data interception when responding to Statistics Canada online surveys.

Business and organization contact information

Business and organization contact information - Question identifier:1

Please verify the business or organization name and correct where needed.

Legal name:

Operating name:

Business and organization contact information - Question identifier:2

Please verify the business or organization contact person and address for this questionnaire and correct where needed. The contact person is the person who should receive this questionnaire. The contact person may not always be the one who actually completes the questionnaire.

First name:

Last name:

Title:

Email address:

Address (number and street):

City:

Province, territory or state:

Postal code or ZIP code:

Country:

  • 1: Canada
  • 2: United States

Telephone number (including area code):

Extension number (if applicable):

Fax number (including area code):

Preferred language of communication:

  • 1: English
  • 2: French

Business or organization status

Business or organization status - Question identifier:1

Is this business or organization currently in operation?

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No, seasonal operations
  • 3: No, ceased all operations
  • 4: No, sold all operations
  • 5: No, amalgamated with (an)other business(es) or organization(s)
  • 6: No, temporarily inactive but will re-open
  • 7: No, no longer operating due to other reason(s)

Business or organization status - Question identifier:2

When did this business or organization close for the season?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:3

When does this business or organization expect to resume operations?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:4

When did this business or organization cease all operations?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:5

Why did this business or organization cease all operations?

  • 1: Bankruptcy
  • 2: Liquidation
  • 3: Dissolution
  • 4: Other reason - specify:

Business or organization status - Question identifier:6

When was this business or organization sold?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:7

What is the legal name of the buyer?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:8

When did this business or organization amalgamate?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:9

What is the legal name of the resulting or continuing business or organization?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:10

What is (are) the legal name(s) of the other amalgamated business(es) or organization(s)?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:11

When did this business or organization become temporarily inactive?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:12

When does this business or organization expect to resume operations ?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:13

Why is this business or organization temporarily inactive?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:14

When did this business or organization cease operations?

Business or organization status - Question identifier:15

Why did this business or organization cease operations?

Business activity

Business activity - Question identifier:1

According to our records, this business or organization's main activity, which typically generates the most revenue, is classified as: [ ].
Is this correct?

  • 1: Yes, this is the main activity.
  • 2: No, this is a secondary activity.
  • 3: No, this is not applicable.

Business activity - Question identifier:2

Was this business or organization's main activity, which typically generates the most revenue, ever classified as [ ]?

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

Business activity - Question identifier:3

When did the main activity change?

Business activity - Question identifier:4

Please provide a brief but precise description of this business or organization's main activity. This is the main economic activity (typically generating the most revenue).

E.g., Breakfast cereal manufacturing or Shoe store or Software development.

Business activity - Question identifier:5

Press the Search button below.

This will search a database for the classification that best matches the description you provided. If desired, you can filter the search results by first selecting this business or organization's activity sector.

Search keywords. Select this business or organization's sector (optional)

Please select an activity (industry description)

Please select an activity (industry code)

Business activity - Question identifier:6

You have indicated that the main activity of this business or organization is: [ ]. Are there any other activities that contribute significantly (at least 10%) to this business or organization's revenue?

  • 1: Yes, there are other activities.
  • 2: No, that is the only significant activity.

Business activity - Question identifier:7

Please provide a brief but precise description of this business or organization's secondary activity.

E.g., Breakfast cereal manufacturing or Shoe store or Software development.

Business activity - Question identifier:8

Approximately what percentage of this business or organization's revenue is generated by each of the following business activities? Estimates are acceptable.

Business activity - Question identifier:a)

Main Business Activity

Business activity - Question identifier:b)

Secondary Business Activity

Business activity - Question identifier:c)

All other business activities

Business activity - Question identifier:d)

Total percentage

Reporting period information

Reporting period information - Question identifier:1

What are the start and end dates of this business's or organization's most recently completed fiscal year? Note: For this survey, the end date should fall between Start YYYY MM DD and End YYYY+1 MM DD.

Reporting period information - Question identifier:a)

Fiscal year start date Example: YYYY-MM-DD

Reporting period information - Question identifier:b)

Fiscal Year-End date Example: YYYY-MM-DD

Reporting period information - Question identifier:2

What is the reason the reporting period does not cover a full year? Select all that apply.

  • 1: Seasonal operations
  • 2: New business
  • 3: Change of ownership
  • 4: Temporarily inactive
  • 5: Change of fiscal year
  • 6: Ceased operations
  • 7: Other reason - specify:
  • 8: Other reason - specify: Description

Industry characteristics

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:1

What were this business's sales for each of the following goods and services? Please report all amounts in thousands of Canadian dollars.

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)i.

Management consulting services: Strategic management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)ii.

Management consulting services: Financial management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)iii.

Management consulting services: Marketing management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)iv.

Management consulting services: Employee compensation and benefits consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)v.

Management consulting services: Other human resources consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)vi.

Management consulting services: Operations and supply chain management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:a)vii.

Management consulting services: Other management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)i.

Environmental consulting services: Environmental assessments

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)ii.

Environmental consulting services: Environmental audits

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)iii.

Environmental consulting services: Site remediation planning services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)iv.

Environmental consulting services: Natural resources management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)v.

Environmental consulting services: Waste management consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)vi.

Environmental consulting services: Environmental policy development consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:b)vii.

Environmental consulting services: Other environmental consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:c)i.

Other scientific and technical consulting services: Economic consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:c)ii.

Other scientific and technical consulting services: Geological and geophysical consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:c)iii.

Other scientific and technical consulting services: Soil management, crop and animal production consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:c)iv.

Other scientific and technical consulting services: Occupational health and safety consulting services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:c)v.

Other scientific and technical consulting services: Other scientific and technical consulting services - specify:

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:c)v.

Other scientific and technical consulting services: Other scientific and technical consulting services - specify: description

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:d)

Other sales of goods and services - specify: Description

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:d)

Other sales of goods and services - specify:

Total sales of goods and services

Industry characteristics - Question identifier:2

During this reporting period of DateFrom to DateTo, how many non-salaried partners and proprietors did this business have?
For unincorporated businesses, please report the number of partners and proprietors for whom earnings will be the net income of the partnership or proprietorship.

E-Commerce

E-Commerce - Question identifier:1

For the reporting period of YYYY MM DD to YYYY MM DD, what was this business's total revenue?

Please report all amounts in thousands of Canadian dollars.

E-Commerce - Question identifier:2

For the reporting period of YYYY MM DD to YYYY MM DD, did this business have any e-commerce revenue?

E-commerce revenue: sale of goods and services conducted over the Internet with or without online payment.

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

E-Commerce - Question identifier:3

Of the <####> in total revenue reported, what was the total e-commerce revenue?

If precise figures are not available, please provide your best estimate.

E-Commerce - Question identifier:4

Did this business make sales over the Internet through any of the following methods from YYYY MM DD to YYYY MM DD?
Select all that apply.

Via a mobile app

Via your company website

Via a third-party website

Via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Other methods - specify:

Other methods - specify: (description)

E-Commerce - Question identifier:5

Does this business have any full-time staff dedicated solely to activities related to e-commerce?

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

E-Commerce - Question identifier:6

Why did this business not make sales over the Internet?
Select all that apply.

Goods and services do not lend themselves to online sales

Prefer to maintain current business model

Lack of skilled workers to implement and maintain e-commerce infrastructure

Cost of development is too high

Security concerns

Other reasons - specify:

Other reasons - specify: (description)

Sales by type of client

Sales by type of client - Question identifier:1

What was this business's breakdown of sales by the following types of client?

Percentage

  • 1: Clients in Canada - individuals and households
  • 2: Clients in Canada - businesses
  • 3: Clients in Canada - governments, not-for-profit organizations and public institutions - (e.g., hospitals and schools)
  • 4: Clients outside of Canada

Total percentage

Sales by consumer location

Sales by consumer location - Question identifier:1

What was the percentage breakdown of this business's sales by consumer location? Consumer location is the location where the goods or services will ultimately be used.

Percentage

  • 1: Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 2: Prince Edward Island
  • 3: Nova Scotia
  • 4: New Brunswick
  • 5: Quebec
  • 6: Ontario
  • 7: Manitoba
  • 8: Saskatchewan
  • 9: Alberta
  • 10: British Columbia
  • 11: Yukon
  • 12: Northwest Territories
  • 13: Nunavut
  • 14: United States
  • 15: All other countries

Total percentage

International transactions

International transactions - Question identifier:1

During the reporting period of YYYY MM DD to YYYY MM DD, did this business receive revenue from clients outside Canada for the sale of products, services, royalties, rights, licensing or franchise fees?

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

International transactions - Question identifier:2

What was the revenue received from clients outside Canada?

Revenue received ( CAD$ '000 )

International transactions - Question identifier:3

What was the percentage breakdown of revenue received from clients outside Canada by goods, services and royalties?

International transactions - Question identifier:a.

Goods

International transactions - Question identifier:b.

Services

International transactions - Question identifier:c.

Royalties, rights, licensing and franchise fees

Total percentage

International transactions - Question identifier:4

What was the percentage breakdown of revenue received from clients outside Canada by country?

Percentage

  • 1: United States
  • 2: Mexico

Other countries - specify: List the top 4 contributors only

Other countries - specify: Percentage

International transactions - Question identifier:5

During the reporting period of DateFrom to DateTo, did this business make payments to suppliers outside Canada for the purchase of products, services, royalties, rights, licensing or franchise fees?

  • 1: Yes
  • 2: No

International transactions - Question identifier:6

What were the payments made to suppliers outside Canada?

Payments made ( CAD$ '000 )

International transactions - Question identifier:7

What was the percentage breakdown of payments made to suppliers outside Canada by goods, services and royalties?

Goods

Services

Royalties, rights, licensing and franchise fees

Total percentage

International transactions - Question identifier:8

What was the percentage breakdown of payments made to suppliers outside Canada by country?

Percentage

  • 1: United States
  • 2: Mexico

Other countries - specify: List the top 4 contributors only

Other countries - specify: Percentage

Reporting changes and events that affected the business

Indicate any changes or events that may have affected the reported values for this business compared to the last reporting period.

  • 1: Strike or lock-out
  • 2: Exchange rate impact
  • 3: Price changes in goods or services sold
  • 4: Contracting out
  • 5: Organisational change
  • 6: Price changes in labour or raw materials
  • 7: Natural disaster
  • 8: Recession
  • 9: Change in product line
  • 10: Sold business units
  • 11: Expansion
  • 12: New/lost contract
  • 13: Plant Closures
  • 14: Acquisition of business units
  • 15: Other change or event - specify:
  • 16: Other description
  • 17: No changes or events

Contact person

Contact person - Question identifier:1

Who is the best person to contact about this questionnaire?

First name:

Last name:

Title:

Email address:

Telephone number (including area code):

Extension number (if applicable):

Fax number (including area code):

Feedback

Feedback - Question identifier:1

How long did it take to complete this questionnaire? Include time spent gathering the necessary information.

Hours

Minutes

Feedback - Question identifier:2

Statistics Canada reviews all feedback. We invite your comments about this questionnaire.

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