Government Finance Statistics, first quarter 2012

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Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system which presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis across countries.

Quarterly GFS data are available on CANSIM for overall government in Canada and for four sectors from 1991 to the first quarter of 2012. These sectors are federal government, provincial/territorial governments, local governments, and Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Note to readers

Currently, Government Finance Statistics (GFS) data are being derived by mapping Canada's System of National Accounts data to GFS concepts and conventions. Beginning in 2014, the GFS data will be derived directly from government financial information.

Available without charge in CANSIM: table CANSIM table385-0032.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number5174.

Additional information can also be found in Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts (Catalogue number13-605-X, free), available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For more information, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116;

To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Claude Vaillancourt (613-951-1820;, Public Sector Statistics Division.