Monthly Survey of Food Services and Drinking Places

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This survey provides estimates of the value of sales and the number of locations of restaurants, caterers, and drinking places.

Collection period:
Collection of the data begins approximately 1-2 working days after the end of the reference month and continues for the duration of that month.
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire, paper questionnaire, telephone interview and administrative data
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act.
  • Block Information Confidentiality


    Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information from this survey which would identify a person, business or organization, without their prior consent.

    The confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act are not affected by either the Access to Information Act or any other legislation. For example, the Canada Revenue Agency cannot access identifiable survey data from Statistics Canada.

    These survey data will only be used for statistical purposes and will be published in summary form only.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies, which must keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Shared data will be limited to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

    Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and their legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act.

    For this survey, Section 11 agreements exist with the statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon. Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations.

    For this survey, Section 12 agreements exist with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician and returning it with the completed questionnaire. Please specify the organizations with which you do not want to share your data.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey, Statistics Canada may combine them with information from other surveys or from administrative sources.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    Statistics Canada has designed this survey to achieve a number of objectives:

    • reduce overall response burden
    • produce more relevant industry information
    • become more compatible with business accounting practices and make the questionnaire easier to complete
    • reduce our collection and processing costs
    • produce statistics that are more comparable with those of other industries and other countries

    Topics covered in the questionnaire

    • main business activity
    • reporting period information
    • sales of goods and services
    • number of locations
  • 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.

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    Survey-specific questions

    Why does Statistics Canada want to survey the food services and drinking places industry?

    The survey will provide information on the food services and drinking place industry that is comparable to the information available for other industries: sales by type of food service and the industry’s contribution to the Canadian economy. This information will help businesses and governments monitor the impact of the food services industry in Canada.

    How was my business unit selected?

    Most businesses are selected as part of a random sample to represent other food services and drinking places with similar characteristics, such as size, employment, or revenue. Some are selected because of their significant contribution to the industry in their province or territory. Each respondent's answers are very important to ensure that the final statistics provide an accurate and complete picture of the food services industry.

    How will this survey benefit my business unit?

    You could use the results to compare your business unit’s performance with averages for similar types of businesses. Even if you don’t use the results directly, your participation contributes to measuring the economic health of your industry, your province and your country. This information benefits all citizens.

    I already complete the Annual Food Services and Drinking Places Survey.  Why can't you use the data I already provided?

    The monthly and annual surveys collect different kinds of data. The monthly survey asks only for sales and number of locations, while the annual survey collects a more complete picture of the industry. The annual survey provides more detailed information on sources of revenue, cost of goods sold and expenses.

    Who uses this information and how?

    Many businesses and organizations need accurate information to track growth and changes in this industry.

    Individual businesses can use the information to monitor their performance against industry averages. The survey will help provide measures of profitability by type of food service (such as full-service restaurant, caterer or drinking place) broken down by province.

    Food services associations rely on the information to assess growth in the industry.

    Investors will be able to monitor industry performance, which could result in better access to working capital for food services businesses.

    Governments will have information to use in making decisions about labour and finance policies and business assistance programs for the industry.

    When will the results be available?

    Results of the survey are released in The Daily two months after the reference period.

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