Building Permits Survey

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Results of this survey are used to estimate residential and non-residential construction activity at various geographical levels.

Collection period:
Monthly
Collection methods:
Mail, electronic and telephone interview
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
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    Confidentiality

    Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which 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.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into a data sharing agreement with provincial and territorial statistical agencies, 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 and territorial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon.

    The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

    Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations. 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. For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as well as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

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

    Record linkage

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

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about:

    • non-residential building construction and residential construction
    • number of units
    • number and total value of building permits
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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.

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    Survey-specific questions

    What is the purpose of the Building Permits Survey?

    The monthly Building Permits Survey of Canadian municipalities collects data on the value of construction intentions for buildings in the non-residential sector and the number of dwellings authorized and value of construction projects in the residential sector. The survey also measures the number of dwelling units demolished.

    The Building Permits Survey is mandatory because of its vital role in monitoring the economy. By accurately reporting your municipality’s activity you are contributing to the measure of the countries worth – the gross domestic product (GDP). All information collected helps provide a clearer picture of the Canadian economy.

    Who uses this information? Why is it important?

    Statistics Canada's business surveys provide both the private and public sectors with vital information that is used in their decision making processes. Many businesses and organizations need accurate information to track growth and changes in this industry.

    Industry associations, business analysts and investors use the data to better understand rapidly evolving business environments, such as new technologies and trade opportunities as well as investments in new product lines.

    Individual businesses use the information to monitor their performance against industry averages.

    Schools and universities use survey results to study the economy.

    Governments need the information to make decisions about labour and fiscal policies and business assistance programs for industries.

    When will the survey results be available?

    Survey results are released each month in The Daily, Statistics Canada's official release bulletin. The information is available approximately between 35 and 40 days after the calendar month.

  • Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2802
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