Requests for information – Construction

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.

Property values

Properties and property owners

What information is being requested?

Information on residential and non-residential properties, as well as individual and non-individual property owners such as a corporation, trust, state-owned entity or related groups. This includes information on: property location, structure/land characteristics, land use, assessment value by tax class, taxation status and sale value. Ownership information is also being requested, which includes information on types of owners, names and contact information.

What personal information is included in this request?

Personal information includes the property owners name, telephone number and mailing address. All information collected is anonymized. It is never possible to connect data that is made public to a person, their household or business.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is requested from all provincial, territorial and municipal property assessment authorities or their operators/service providers. This information is also requested from provincial and territorial land registry authorities or their operators/service providers.

Why is this information being requested?

The Canadian Housing Statistics Program provides municipal, provincial and territorial authorities, researchers and industry stakeholders with relevant and timely data on housing stocks and home ownership.

Residential and non-residential property assessment values at current prices are primarily intended to meet data requirements from Finance Canada for Fiscal Arrangements, as part of the property tax base.

Housing accounts for the most important asset and debt held by Canadian households. Given its importance, a sound understanding of factors impacting the housing market is critical for the design of policies that can address housing issues, and for the provision of high-quality information to homeowners and people seeking home ownership.  The Canadian Housing Statistics Program (CHSP), launched in 2017 as a response to emerging data needs, is the most comprehensive source of data in Canada on the housing sector. It provides a framework on demand by describing the owners – their income, socio-demographic status, and whether they are residents of Canada – and on the supply – the characteristics of properties owned and built. By joining those factors, the program can produce information on the market equilibrium, such as the values of properties and their use.

The program is an innovative data project that leverages existing administrative data sources and transforms them into new and timely indicators on Canadian housing.   In an effort to provide a complete coverage of housing in Canada, Statistics Canada is seeking to acquire annual property assessment roll and land registry data for all municipalities in Canada.

The CHSP produces a granular property and owner statistics at the Census Subdivision level.  Property characteristics include the structure type, period of construction, assessment value, living area, and property use. Owner characteristics include the number of owners, ownership type, residency status, income, age, sex and immigration characteristics.

The program is unique in that it replaces the traditional survey methodology by combining administrative data sources to provide municipal, provincial/territorial and federal authorities, researchers and industry stakeholders with relevant and timely data on housing.

Property assessment roll data is also used to derive residential and non-residential property assessment values at current prices, according to a common stock date, by the Property Values (PV) program.  These estimates are designed to meet the data requirements of Finance Canada as part of the property tax base, in support of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

Provincial, territorial, and municipal property assessment and land registry authorities collect and maintain up-to-date data for administrative purposes. By collaborating with other government departments, Statistics Canada avoids duplication of data collection, reducing the response burden on Canadians.

When will this information be requested?

January 2020, and onward.

When was this request published?

December 19th, 2019.

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