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Fixed assets, 2013

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Released: 2013-11-20

The value of Canada's net fixed assets — building and engineering construction, machinery and equipment, and intellectual property products — stood at $2,200 billion in 2013, up 4.2% from 2012 in current dollars. These assets, in conjunction with labour and raw materials, play a vital role in the production of goods and services.

Of total fixed assets, building and engineering construction accounted for 75.2% while machinery and equipment accounted for 15.1% in 2013. Intellectual property products, which comprise software, research and development, and oil and gas and mining exploration, accounted for the remaining 9.7%.

Each asset component increased. Building and engineering construction increased 4.5%, followed by machinery and equipment (+3.8%) and intellectual property products (+2.4%). The increase of the stock of assets primarily depends on the amount of investment and depreciation of the underlying assets.

  Note to readers

Investment data used for 2013 fixed asset estimates reflect intentions rather than the actual investment made.

Estimates of depreciations and the associated net stocks are available on a current price basis, 2007 constant price basis (2007 asset price =100) and chained (2007) dollar basis. Data on depreciations and net stocks are available using linear, geometric and hyperbolic methods by North American Industry Classification System, classes of assets and provinces and territories.

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