2017 Monthly Dairy Factory Production and Stocks Survey

Reporting Guide

Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP)

This guide is designed to assist you as you complete the 2017 Monthly Dairy Factory Production and Stocks Survey. If you need more information, please call the Statistics Canada Help Line at the number below.

Your answers are confidential.

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which 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 information from this survey for statistical purposes.

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Reporting Instructions

  • Report production values for the entire month.
  • Report stock values at the end of business on the last day of the month.

Include all manufacturer's stocks owned whether they are stored in your storage room, a public warehouse, a cheese grading station or ready for shipment.

Exclude stocks held on Canadian Dairy Commission accounts.


Legal Name

The legal name is one recognized by law, thus it is the name liable for pursuit or for debts incurred by the business or organization. In the case of a corporation, it is the legal name as fixed by its charter or the statute by which the corporation was created.

Modifications to the legal name should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

To indicate a legal name of another legal entity you should instead indicate it in question 3 by selecting 'Not currently operational' and then choosing the applicable reason and providing the legal name of this other entity along with any other requested information.

Operating Name

The operating name is a name the business or organization is commonly known as if different from its legal name. The operating name is synonymous with trade name.

Current main activity

This question verifies the business or organization's current main activity as classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Created against the background of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is designed to provide common definitions of the industrial structure of the three countries and a common statistical framework to facilitate the analysis of the three economies. NAICS is based on supply-side or production-oriented principles, to ensure that industrial data, classified to NAICS, are suitable for the analysis of production-related issues such as industrial performance.

The target entity for which NAICS is designed are businesses and other organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. They include farms, incorporated and unincorporated businesses and government business enterprises. They also include government institutions and agencies engaged in the production of marketed and non-marketed services, as well as organizations such as professional associations and unions and charitable or non-profit organizations and the employees of households.

The associated NAICS should reflect those activities conducted by the business or organizational unit(s) targeted by this questionnaire only, as identified in the 'Answering this questionnaire' section and which can be identified by the specified legal and operating name. The main activity is the activity which most defines the targeted business or organization's main purpose or reason for existence. For a business or organization that is for-profit, it is normally the activity that generates the majority of the revenue for the entity.

The NAICS classification contains a limited number of activity classifications; the associated classification might be applicable for this business or organization even if it is not exactly how you would describe this business or organization's main activity.

Please note that any modifications to the main activity through your response to this question might not necessarily be reflected prior to the transmitting of subsequent questionnaires and as a result they may not contain this updated information.

Butter and butter oil

Butter oil and ghee

Butter oil and ghee is the pure butterfat left after milk solids and water are removed from the butter.

Cheddar cheese


  • 'light' or 'lite' varieties of cheddar cheeses

Other varieties of cheeses other than cheddar and mozzarella

Report varieties of 'light' or 'lite' cheeses with the respective category of cheese, for example: report 'light' feta cheese at question m. Feta.


  • cheddar and mozzarella

Milk or Cream Sales (Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan only)

This question covers all fluid milk and cream processed and packaged in your plant and sold in your province.

Exclude bulk cream sent to other processing plants for packaging into fluid creams.

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