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The Daily

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The engineering services industry recorded operating revenues of $15.4 billion in 2006, up 11.4% from the previous year. The operating profit margin was 11.7%.

Operating revenue growth rates in Western Canada outpaced those of the central provinces. Industry operating revenues in Ontario and Quebec grew by 6% and 7% respectively, compared with 19% in Alberta and 21% in British Columbia.

Engineering service firms operating in Ontario accounted for 29% of national operating revenues. Alberta, closing the gap with Ontario in recent years, was second with a share of 27%, followed by Quebec (21%) and British Columbia (16%).

Nearly 60% of operating revenues were earned from business sector contracts while another 24% came from public sector clients. Spending by households and individuals accounted for only 2% of the industry's revenues. Exports continued to be strong, generating 16% of total operating revenues.

Available on CANSIM: table 360-0005.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2439.

Results from the 2006 Annual Survey of Engineering 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.