Monthly Smelters and Metal Refineries Survey (MSMR)

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The purpose of this monthly survey is to obtain information on the quantities of metal being produced by smelters and metal refineries in Canada, including Canadian production originating from external sources. Information from this survey is used for market analysis, industrial and regional development, establishing trade and tariff policies, and managing natural resources.

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:

January 2022: From February 1 to February 28 2022
February 2022: From March 1 to March 31 2022
March 2022: from April 1 to April 29 2022
April 2022: From May 2 to May 31 2022
May 2022: From June 1 to June 30 2022
June 2022: From July 4 to July 29 2022
July 2022: From August 2 to August 31 2022
August 2022: From September 1 to September 29 2022
September 2022: From October 3 to October 31 2022
October 2022: From November 1 to November 30 2022
November 2022: From December 1 to December 30 2022
December 2022: From January 2 to January 31 2023

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 the 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 for statistical purposes only. Statistics Canada will share data from this survey only 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 include 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 Yukon. The data shared 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, Mining, Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade 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 Natural Resources Canada, the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as well as with the ministère des Finances du Québec, the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec, the ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec, Transition énergétique Québec, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, the Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture and Resource Development and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

    For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the data shared 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 reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • production
    • inventories
    • shipments (both domestic and exports).
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    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all of 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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