Building Construction Price Index (BCPI)

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The Building Construction Price Index collects residential and non-residential construction price movements and market information across 11 census metropolitan areas in Canada.

The information is used to produce various indexes which measure change over time in contractors' prices to construct a range of new commercial, institutional, industrial and residential buildings.

The contractor's price reflects the value of all materials, labour, equipment, overhead and profit to construct a new building. It excludes value added taxes and any costs for land, land assembly, building design, land development and real estate fees.

The building construction price indexes are of use to government agencies undertaking economic analyses and other users that are interested in evaluating the impact of price changes on capital expenditures. Statistics Canada, for example, uses these indexes in preparing estimates of the construction industry’s contribution to national expenditure, real output and capital stock. Other uses include the re-evaluation of expenditure, output and new order figures for construction work; making adjustments to project costs for escalation; as well as forecasting financial requirements for proposed projects and real rates of return on investment.

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

Collection periods:
  • From February 15 to March 21, 2019
  • From May 15 to June 18, 2019
  • From August 15 to September 18, 2019
  • From November 15 to December 19, 2019
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire, telephone interview and administrative data
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
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    Confidentiality

    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

    To reduce response burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

    Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that meet certain conditions. These agencies must have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and the legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act. Because these agencies have the legal authority to compel businesses to provide the same information, consent is not requested and businesses may not object to the sharing of the data.

    For this survey, there are Section 11 agreements with the provincial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province.

    For agreements with provincial government organizations, the shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about:

    • construction;
    • construction price indexes;
    • prices and price indexes;
    • non-residential construction;
    • residential construction.
  • Block Information on Published data

    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

    Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

    Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2317

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