Canadian Foreign Post Indexes

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In support of the Canadian Government's systems of allowance for expatriate civilian and military employees, the Government Allowance Indexes Section of Statistics Canada has been assigned the responsibility for the computation of comparative indexes of retail prices and costs (Post Indexes) encountered by Canadian Government personnel stationed at foreign locations/posts.

The responsibility of employing departments for introducing indexes into compensation systems is described in the Foreign Services Directives (FSD 55), and the Military Foreign Service Instruction, for the Canadian Forces.

The information obtained from the pricing schedules will form the basis for establishing or adjusting your Post Living Allowance (PLA) payable under the Foreign Service Directive (FSD 55).

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

Collection period:
Monthly survey
Collection method:
Paper questionnaire
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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      The survey asks questions about prices of purchased products and services, such as

      • prices for consumer goods and services
      • household purchasing patterns.
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    • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 2322
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