Requests for information – Agriculture and food

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.

Farm characteristics

Agriculture producer contact information from the Government of Yukon

What information is being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting contact information for businesses in the Yukon Territory that engage in agricultural activity.

What personal information is included in this request?

Personal information including: first and last name of farm operator(s), mailing address, physical address of the farm operation, phone number, and email are included in this request. Personal identifiers are only being collected for the purpose of record linkage to the Census of Agriculture population to ensure good coverage of farms in the Yukon.

What years of data will be requested?

Data from 2020 are being requested.

From whom will the information be requested?

The information is being requested from the Government of Yukon, Agriculture Branch.

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting farm producer contact information in order to ensure accurate coverage of farm operations in the Yukon. Using primarily operator characteristics, the list will be matched to those already in the Census of Agriculture frame. This information will assist the 2021 Census of Agriculture to publish accurate agriculture statistics on Yukon farm and farm operators. The Census of Agriculture is the only time Statistics Canada collects data about Yukon farm operations and operators, providing historical benchmark data for the industry.

Policy advisors can use these data to develop programs related to safety nets and agricultural workers for the agriculture sector. Farm operators can use these data to make production, marketing and investment decisions and to inform Canadians and the Government of Canada on how they are doing. Census of Agriculture data can also be used to evaluate the impact of natural disasters on agriculture (such as floods, drought, storm and fires) and react quickly.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

The Government of Yukon, Agriculture Branch is the only source for recent contact information for all Yukon farm operators.

When will this information be requested?

This information is being requested in May 2021.

What Statistics Canada programs will primarily use these data?

When was this request published?

April 30, 2021

Crop production

Geographic information for Greenhouses in Ontario which grow cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.

What information is being requested?

Information on location, size, building material, vegetation being grown and time of year in production for each greenhouse surveyed by the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association is being requested.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request does not contain any personal identifiers.

What years of data will be requested?

Open-ended, annual data starting in January 2016.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association (OGVG).

Why is this information being requested?

The data acquired through the OGVG will allow individual vegetable commodities by greenhouse and total area by commodity in Ontario be used within the Greenhouse, Sod and Nursery survey, and further used for validation within the Census of Agriculture. Usage in other surveys are expected such as Farm Cash receipts, where price and expenditure information is provided within the dataset.

The outputs from these programs are used by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and provincial governments to develop, administer and evaluate agricultural policies, and by universities and agri-businesses for research and planning, in addition to monitoring the future growth of the greenhouse industry in Canada.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association (OGVG) is regulated under the Farm Products Marketing Act (FPMA) and is responsible for licensing all growers, packers and marketers of Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.

The association collects and maintains up-to-date data on Greenhouse vegetable growers in Ontario who report production and yield of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

When will this information be requested?

December 2021 and ongoing.

What Statistics Canada programs will primarily use these data?

Greenhouse, Sod and Nursery Annual Survey, Census of Agriculture

When was this request published?

December 20, 2021

Animal production

Supply, disposition and sales of farmed mink and fox

What information is being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting data on the quantity and price (or value) of Canadian farmed mink and fox pelts sold at auction. This data acquisition includes key variables for the supply and disposition of farmed mink and fox, such as the number of animals that were born, were purchased or boarded, were sold or removed, died or escaped, and were pelted, as well as inventories. Provincial data for farmed mink and fox on male to female ratios and the number of farms by province are also being requested.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request does not contain any personal information.

What years of data will be requested?

Data will be collected from auction houses in April, July and September annually, beginning in September 2021 for the 2019 reference period.

Data will be collected from provincial fur associations annually, from July to September, beginning in September 2021 for the 2019 reference period.

From whom will the information be requested?

The information is being requested from auction houses selling Canadian mink and fox pelts, both within and outside Canada, as well as provincial fur associations.

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada requires these administrative data to produce estimates of the quantity and value of mink and fox pelt sales, as well as on-farm supply and disposition of mink and fox. These data provide governments and the industry with critical data to inform policy and program decisions related to industry competitiveness, growth and efficiency.

Data collected from these sources may replace, in whole or in part, Statistics Canada’s Annual Fur Farm Survey. Data collected from the survey are required to estimate farm cash receipts, which help measure the agriculture sector’s contribution to gross domestic product. By leveraging these administrative data, Statistics Canada will continue to provide its data users with complete, timely and reliable information. The continued and increased use of administrative data will result in more efficient and consistent survey methods, less direct survey contact, and reduced response burden on farmers.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Statistics Canada’s Annual Fur Farm Survey (the source of on-farm production and inventory data) was cancelled for the reference year 2019 to reduce response burden on farmers at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistics Canada had previously collected administrative data on the sale of fur and mink pelts from other auction houses; however, these locations have since ceased their operations. As a result, provincial fur associations and the remaining auction houses are the only known sources of administrative data on the sale of Canadian farmed fur, as well as on-farm supply and disposition data.

When will this information be requested?

January 2022 and onward.

Fur association data will be requested once annually at the end of the fur production year, between July and September, on an ongoing basis.

Auction data will be requested three times per year, coinciding with the main international auction dates.

What Statistics Canada programs will primarily use these data?

When was this request published?

January 13, 2022

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