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Satellite Account of Non-Profit Institutions and Volunteering Update


Satellite Account of Non-Profit Institutions and Volunteering Update

Purpose: To achieve an understanding of the economic health and contribution of the nonprofit voluntary sector, their field of activity and sources of revenue. This would be achieved via a Satellite Account of Non-profit Institutions and Volunteering (Satellite Account). The Satellite Account is an extensive research and data development initiative in Statistics Canada's System of National Accounts (SNA). Its primary aim is to c1early identify the contribution of the Canadian non-profit sector in economic terms and allow for an increased understanding of its interaction with other sectors in a macroeconomic accounting framework. The Satellite Account consists of a standard set of economic accounts for the nonprofit sector, prepared according to SNA principals and guidelines. Because the non-profit sector relies heavily on voluntary contributions oflabour, the account will inc1ude a non-market extension to measure and evaluate unpaid volunteer activity.

Description: This project requires linkage of the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return, the TI044 Non-profit Organisation Information Return (T1044), the T4 Supplementary return, the T2 Corporate Income Tax return and the GST/HST Public Service Bodies Rebate files from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, and the Business Register from Statistics Canada. Linkage of these files would allow the estimation of remuneration (wages and salaries) paid by registered charities and non-profit institutions, serve as a first step in verifying and improving the quality of information contained on the Tl 044 Return, assist to c1assify registered charities and non-profit organisations by their field of activity and by the sector in which they function and allow for an understanding of the coverage and sectoring of these organisations on Statistics Canada's Business Register.

Output: The linkages would result in data files which would be used internally to produce aggregates for the Satellite Account. These linkages would be performed annually. Only aggregate data conforming to the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act would be released from this file outside of Statistics Canada. No personal identifiers would be retained on the linked files which would be used to produce the aggregate estimates for the SNA. It is proposed to retain the linked files for three years.