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Survey of Environmental Goods and Services, 2010

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Released: 2013-06-05

Revenues derived by Canadian businesses from sales of environmental goods and services totalled $3.9 billion in 2010.

Of this total, just under $2.2 billion in revenues were derived from sales of environmental goods manufactured in Canada, while sales of environmental services accounted for $1.7 billion.

Slightly more than 41%, or about $909 million, of the revenues from environmental goods were generated through sales of machinery, equipment and products for renewable energy production.

In the services sector, revenues from environmental consulting services amounted to $1.0 billion, 58% of total sales. Site remediation and emergency environmental services generated the remaining $715 million in revenue.

Businesses exported $712 million worth of environmental goods and services in 2010, with the majority (82%) going to the United States. About 1% went to Mexico, while the remainder was distributed among other international markets.

  Note to readers

The Survey of Environmental Goods and Services replaces the Environment Industry Survey, which was last conducted in 2004. There are differences between the methodologies of the two surveys. Consequently, any comparison of their results should be done with caution. Similarly, comparison of results from the 2008 and 2010 Survey of Environmental Goods and Services should be made with caution, as changes to the questionnaire between the two cycles allowed more products to be included in the scope of the survey in 2010.

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For analytical information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Peter Van Wesenbeeck (613-951-5967;, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division.

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