Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH)

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Step 2: Enter your secure access code.

Step 3: Complete the survey.

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Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Email: statcan.sos-sos.statcan@canada.ca

 

The Survey of Employment Earnings and Hours is produced from the combination of the Business Payroll Survey results and the payroll deductions administrative data received from Canada Revenue Agency.

The Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours is Canada's only source of detailed information on the total number of paid employees, payrolls, hours and job vacancies at detailed industrial, provincial and territorial levels.

Collection periods:
Monthly
Collection methods:
Telephone interview, questionnaire and electronic questionnaire
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
  • Block Information Confidentiality

    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.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    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, Quebec, 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 and returning it with the completed questionnaire. Please specify the organizations with which you do not want to share your data.

    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

    Your responses for this survey will be combined with your business’ monthly payroll deduction files received from the Canada Revenue Agency.

    Statistics Canada may also combine the information you provide with other survey or administrative data sources.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about:

    • employment
    • hours of work and overtime
    • industries
    • number of vacant positions
    • wages, salaries and special payments
  • Block Information on Published data

    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats; the following list includes the latest articles and related documents for this survey:

  • Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2612
 
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