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Government Finance Statistics, first quarter 2013

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Released: 2013-07-02

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 2013. 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.

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

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