Canada's International Investment Position (IIP)

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The purpose of this survey is to collect data related to the investment of the Canadian reporting enterprise in its foreign affiliates. Data from this survey are used to prepare statements on Canada's balance of international payments and international investment position. Such statements are used as a major input in the conduct of monetary and exchange-rate policies by the Government of Canada.

Canada's international investment position is the statistical statement that presents the value and composition of the stock of Canadian financial claims on non-residents and Canadian financial liabilities to non-residents.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Collection periods:
  • For the annual surveys, pre-contact starts on February 9, 2018 and runs until March 9, 2018. The questionnaires are mailed out on April 9, 2018 and collection continues throughout the year up to March 9, 2019.
  • For the electronic questionnaires, an invitation will be sent to respondents offering them to complete and return the survey by using electronic or online collection on March 29, 2018.
Collection methods:
Paper questionnaire, electronic questionnaire and administrative records
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
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    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

    Yes, but ONLY for the BP55 (Particulars of selected issues of funded debt and foreign bank borrowings [annual])

    To reduce response burden, Statistics Canada has entered into a data sharing agreement under Section 12 of the Statistics Act to share information from this survey with the Bank of Canada. The Bank of Canada has undertaken to keep this information confidential and to use it only for statistical purposes.

    Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with the Bank of Canada by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician and returning it with the completed questionnaire to the following address:

    Chief Statistician of Canada
    Statistics Canada
    Attention of Director, Enterprise Statistics 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.

    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

    Measures international financial positions vis-à-vis non-residents in the form of Foreign Direct Investment, Portfolio investment, including long and short term financial securities as well as positions related to other assets and liabilities such as deposits, bank loans and other financial instruments.

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    Published data

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  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 1537
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