Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy (SIBS)

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The survey collects information on the strategic decisions, innovation activities, operational tactics and global value chain activities of businesses in Canada.

The results from this survey will be used by governments to better understand the impact of business strategy and innovation decisions and operational adaptations on the Canadian economy, including business competitiveness, efficiency and productivity. This will allow governments to develop policies to improve Canada’s industrial productivity and competitiveness.

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

Collection period:
October 21, 2019, to March 31, 2020
Collection method:
Electronic questionnaire
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
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    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.

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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 with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them for statistical purposes only. Statistics Canada will share data from this survey only 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 include 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 Yukon. The data shared 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, 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, Investment, Science and Technology Division
    150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0T6

    You may also contact us by email, at statcan.istdinformation-distinformation.statcan@canada.ca, or by fax, at 613-951-8578.

    For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

    For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the data shared 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 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

    • strategic decisions
    • innovation activities
    • operational tactics
    • global value chain activities of businesses in Canada
    • the strategic focus of the business
    • the competitive landscape
    • innovation activities and expenditures
    • the use of advanced technology, business practices and government support programs
    • expenditures
    • revenues
    • international sales.
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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 of Innovation and Business Strategy, 2019 - Your Participation Makes a Difference!

    Innovation can be a key to your success!

    To better understand how businesses harness innovation, Statistics Canada is conducting the Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy (SIBS) 2019. This survey will collect information on strategic decision-making, innovation activities, operational tactics and global value chain activities of businesses in Canada.

    SIBS 2019 is a joint initiative by Statistics Canada and partners: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

    A strong participation rate in this survey will help ensure that we have accurate and up-to-date information on how innovation is shaping Canada's private sector. Specifically, insights will allow Statistics Canada and its partners to better understand the following:

    • How many Canadian businesses are engaging in innovation activities? What are the characteristics of an innovative enterprise? How has this evolved since 2017?
    • How many Canadian businesses are using advanced technology, and which industries are making use of advanced and emerging technologies?
    • What kinds of obstacles do businesses face when they export?
    • Are businesses facing skills shortages that impede innovation? Are strategies being developed to address these shortages?

    Provincial and federal governments, industry associations, academia, businesses wanting to benchmark their own activities with their industry peers, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),and the general public, all use the findings from SIBS.

    Please note, industry statistics produced by SIBS are a high-level roll up of information from all respondents. Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information that could identify you or your business. These statistics will be released to the public through Statistics Canada's website commencing Fall of 2020. To see the results from SIBS 2017, visit Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy, Concordance Table, 2017.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5171
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