Commercial Stocks of the Major Special Crops Survey (CSMS)

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The purpose of this survey is to collect reliable and timely information on special crops. Results from this survey are used to:

  • validate crop production such as farm stock and marketing data;
  • calculate the contribution of the special crops sector to the Canadian economy.

The Canadian Special Crops Association, Pulse Canada and federal and provincial governments, such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, use this information for establishing programs and policies.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes. In addition, information from partially completed or unsaved questionnaires may be retained and used.

Collection periods:

This is a survey with three reference periods: from August 1 to December 31 (to the end of the calendar year), from August 1 to March 31 (to the end of the fiscal year) and from August 1 to July 31 (to the end of the crop year).

From August 1 to December 31, 2020: From December 21, 2020, to January 18, 2021
From August 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021: From March 19 to April 16, 2021
From August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2021: From July 16 to August 13, 2021
From August 1 to December 31, 2021: From December 21, 2021, to January 18, 2022
From August 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022: From March 18 to April 19, 2022
From August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022: From July 18 to August 15, 2022

Collection methods:

Electronic questionnaire and telephone interview

Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
  • Block Information Confidentiality


    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.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To reduce response 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 statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province.

    Record linkage

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

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • agriculture
    • crops and horticulture
  • Block Information on Published data

    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

    Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

    Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

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