Fare Basis Survey (FBS)

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The Fare Basis Survey estimates the average air fare paid and the proportion of passengers and passenger-kilometres for each fare type group (first class, business class, economy class, discount and other) for major Canadian scheduled air carriers. The data are available by domestic and international sector and for selected cities. The information is mainly used by Statistics Canada as input to the Canadian System of National Accounts.

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

Collection period:
This is a quarterly survey. Data are collected quarterly on a calendar year basis and are due 60 days after the reference quarter.
Collection method:
Respondents submit electronic files using a fixed record layout.
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

    To reduce response burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data sharing agreements under Section 12 of the Statistics Act with Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. Statistics Canada will share data from this survey only with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

    Although, under the Section 12 of the Statistics Act, respondents can object to the sharing of information with other organizations, because Transport Canada has authority under the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) and pursuant to the Carriers and Transportation and Grain Handling Undertakings Information Regulations federally-regulated air carriers do not have the right to object to sharing their information with Transport Canada.

    All other air carriers not included in the paragraph above may refuse to share their information with the Canadian Transportation Agency by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician and returning it with their data submission. 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, specifying the organizations with which you do not want Statistics Canada to share your data and mailing it 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 statcan.esd-helpdesk-dse-bureaudedepannage.statcan@canada.ca, or by fax, at 613-951-6583.

    The Canadian Transportation Agency has agreed to keep this data confidential and use them only for statistical and research purposes.

    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

    The survey asks questions about air fares by fare type group for the Canadian air transport industry (Level I air carriers).

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    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.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 2708
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