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The Daily

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Architectural services and landscape architectural services firms generated combined operating revenues of $2.6 billion in 2006, an increase of 15% from the previous year.

Of the aggregate operating revenues, businesses classified to the architectural services industry generated $2.4 billion dollars, with the remainder coming from firms in the landscape architectural services industry.

While the industry showed revenue gains across the country, revenue growth rates continued to be generally higher in Western Canada, particularly in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The industry also fared well in the central provinces where revenue growth rates exceeded 10%. This is notable in comparison with the modest growth rates in 2005 and the contraction in 2004.

Operating revenues for firms in Ontario accounted for more than two-fifths of the total national figure. British Columbia was a distant second, with close to one-fifth of the revenues, followed by Quebec (17%) and Alberta (14%). The rest of the provinces and territories contributed to less than one-tenth of total industry revenues.

The industry earned half of its revenues from the business sector compared with 40% from governments and public institutions. The remaining 10% of revenues came mostly from households and partly from foreign clients.

In 2006, the total operating expenses grew by 17% to $2.2 billion dollars, resulting in a profit margin of 15%.

Note: As of 2006, the Annual Survey of Architectural Services comprises two North American Industry Classification System industries; Architectural Services (54131) and Landscape Architectural Services (54132). Previously, the latter was included in the annual survey of specialized design services.

Available on CANSIM: table 360-0004.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2420.

Results from the 2006 Annual Survey of Architectural Services are now available.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Lorraine St-Jean (613-951-5000; fax 613-951-6696;, or Kyoomars Haghandish (613-951-6304; fax: 613-951-6696;, Service Industries Division.