Annual Capital Expenditures Survey: Revised Intentions for 2020

Why are we conducting this survey?

In order to better measure and understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and other organizations, this survey collects data on revised capital spending intentions in Canada. The information is used by federal and provincial government departments and agencies, trade associations, universities and international organizations for policy development and as a measure of regional economic activity.

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

Your participation in this survey is required under the authority of the Statistics Act.

Other important information

Authorization to collect this information

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


By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that 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 only.

Record linkages

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

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, 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
Attention of Director, Enterprise Statistics Division
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6

You may also contact us by email at 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 as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada, Infrastructure Canada, the Canada Energy Regulator and Natural Resources Canada.

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.

Business or organization and contact information

1. Verify or provide the business or organization's legal and operating name and correct where needed.

Note: Legal name modifications should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

Legal Name
The legal name is one recognized by law, thus it is the name liable for pursuit or for debts incurred by the business or organization. In the case of a corporation, it is the legal name as fixed by its charter or the statute by which the corporation was created.

Modifications to the legal name should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

To indicate a legal name of another legal entity you should instead indicate it in question 3 by selecting 'Not currently operational' and then choosing the applicable reason and providing the legal name of this other entity along with any other requested information.

Operating Name
The operating name is a name the business or organization is commonly known as if different from its legal name. The operating name is synonymous with trade name.

Legal name

Operating name (if applicable)

2. Verify or provide the contact information of the designated business or organization contact person for this questionnaire and correct where needed.

Note: The designated contact person is the person who should receive this questionnaire. The designated contact person may not always be the one who actually completes the questionnaire.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Title
  • Preferred language of communication
    • English
    • French
  • Mailing address (number and street)
  • City
  • Province, territory or state
  • Postal code or ZIP code
  • Country
  • Email address
  • Telephone number (including area code)
  • Extension number (if applicable)
    The maximum number of characters is 10.
  • Fax number (including area code)

Capital Expenditures - Revised Intentions 2020

1. For 2020, what are this organization's intentions for non-residential capital expenditures?


  • non-residential buildings, engineering works, and machinery and equipment
  • new assets, renovations or betterments, and leasehold improvements
  • additions to work-in-progress accounts (capital) during the year.

Exclude land, residential buildings, acquisition of used assets from within Canada, mineral exploration and evaluation, software, and other intangible assets.

Non-residential capital expenditures are the gross expenditures on tangible fixed assets during the year for use in the operations of your organization or for lease or rent to others, excluding residential structures (housing or units with exclusive use of bathroom and kitchen facilities).

Fixed assets are also known as capital assets or property, plant and equipment. They are items with a useful life of more than one year and are not purchased for resale but rather for use in the entity's production of goods and services. Examples are buildings, vehicles, leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures, machinery, and computer software.

Gross expenditures are expenditures before deducting proceeds from disposals and credits.


  • land improvements
  • servicing residential areas (powerlines, natural gas distribution)
  • buildings that have accommodation units without self contained or exclusive use of bathroom and kitchen facilities (e.g., student residences)
  • townsite facilities such as streets and sewers
  • additions to capital work in progress during the year
  • capital costs such as feasibility studies, architectural, legal, installation and engineering fees
  • capitalized interest charges on loans with which capital projects are financed
  • work done by own labour force (installation, renovations)
  • assets acquired as a lessee through either a capital or financial lease
  • assets acquired for lease to others as an operating lease (as lessor).


  • residential buildings (housing or units with self contained or exclusive use of bathroom and kitchen facilities)
  • acquisition of companies and associated assets
  • acquisition of used Canadian assets
  • transfers from capital work in progress to fixed assets accounts
  • property developed for sale and machinery or equipment acquired for sale (inventory)
  • assets acquired to lease to others under a capital/financial lease (as lessor)
  • software purchases and software development costs
  • mineral exploration and evaluation expenditures.

CAN$ '000

No change from previously reported intentions for non-residential capital expenditures

2. Indicate the reason you are not reporting 2020 intentions for non-residential capital expenditures.

  • Zero capital expenditure intentions for 2020
  • Figures not available at this time but a decrease is expected
  • Figures not available at this time but an increase is expected

Indicate the estimated decrease in percentage.


Indicate the estimated increase in percentage.


Changes or events

3. Indicate any changes or events that affected the reported values for this business or organization, compared with the last reported intentions.

Select all that apply.

  • Labour shortages or employee absences
  • Disruptions in supply chains
  • Deferred plans to future or projects on hold
  • Projects cancelled or abandoned
  • Price changes in goods or services sold
  • Price changes in labour or raw materials
  • Sold business or business units
  • Expansion
  • New or lost contract
  • Increased or decreased market demand
  • End of business activities
  • Change in business activity
  • Other
    Specify the other changes or events:
  • No changes or events

Contact person

4. Statistics Canada may need to contact the person who completed this questionnaire for further information.

Is the provided given names and the provided family name the best person to contact?

  • Yes
  • No

Who is the best person to contact about this questionnaire?

First name:

Last name:


Email address:

Telephone number (including area code):

Extension number (if applicable):
The maximum number of characters is 5.

Fax number (including area code):


5. Do you have any comments about this questionnaire?

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