Monthly Railway Carloadings Survey (MRCS)

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This survey collects data from common carrier railways operating in Canada which are essential for the analysis of the Railway Transport Industry and the assessment of its contribution to the Canadian economy. These data provide input into Canada’s System of National Accounts for the calculation of the Gross Domestic Product and are used by various Government Departments to develop policy and to monitor the industry.

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

Collection periods:


  • January – from February 13 to 27, 2020
  • February – from March 13 to 30, 2020
  • March – from April 14 to 29, 2020
  • April – from May 13 to 28, 2020
  • May – from June 15 to 29, 2020
  • June – from July 13 to 30, 2020
  • July – from August 14 to 28, 2020
  • August – from September 14 to 28, 2020
  • September – from October 13 to 29, 2020
  • October – from November 13 to 27, 2020
  • November – from December 14 to 30, 2020
  • December – from January 14 to 28, 2021


Collection methods:
Electronic Data Reporting (EDR) and paper questionnaire
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
  • Block Information 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.

  • Block Information on Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into a data-sharing agreement under section 12 of the Statistics Act with Transport Canada for the sharing of information collected in this survey.

    Railway carriers which are not federally regulated may object to sharing their information by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician and returning it with the completed questionnaire. Transport Canada has agreed to keep the data, from the non-federally regulated railway carriers, confidential and use them only for statistical and research purposes.

    Federally-regulated railway carriers under the authority of the Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) and pursuant to the Transportation Information Regulations do not have the right to object to sharing their information with Transport Canada. Transport Canada will use the information obtained from federally-regulated carriers in accordance with the provisions of the CTA and related Regulations.

    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.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • intermodal and non-intermodal freight
  • 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.

For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 2732

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