Requests for information – Prices and price indexes

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.

Consumer price indexes

Retailer Point of Sale data (also known as scanner data or transactional data)

What information is being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting store-level data by type of product, including the universal product code, stock keeping unit, item description, total sale price before and after tax, total quantities sold, sale/promotion elements, and brand/manufacturing details.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request does not contain any personal information. Transactional data requested does not contain any personal information.

What years of data will be requested?

Weekly data (as of January 2020) is being requested on an ongoing basis.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information will be requested from:

  • home and auto supply stores
  • home centres
  • grocery stores
  • department stores
  • other general merchandise stores

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada is requesting this information to calculate and publish statistics for the Consumer Price Index and the Retail Trade Program. Point-of-sales data, also known as scanner or transactional data, serves the purposes of reducing business-response burden, while also improving data quality through better coverage and timeliness.

These economic indicators are regularly used by policy makers, researchers, and industry stakeholders.

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

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

These data providers were selected as they represent a significant portion of retail sales within the retail and wholesale sectors in Canada. Statistics Canada requires data from these retailers in order to produce accurate estimates.

When will this information be requested?

Beginning in July 2021, this information will be requested on a weekly basis.

What Statistics Canada programs will primarily use these data?

When was this request published?

July 7, 2021

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