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Surveying and mapping services, 2012

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Released: 2013-12-13

Operating revenues in the surveying and mapping industry increased 11.9% in 2012, reaching a new high of $3.0 billion, surpassing the previous peak of $2.9 billion set in 2008.

Operating expenses rose 12.0% in 2012, while the operating profit margin edged down to 12.5%. The largest expense item, salaries, wages and benefits, representing almost half of total expenses, was up by 11.7%.

The two main categories of goods and services provided in this industry are geophysical and non-geophysical surveying and mapping services. Geophysical surveying services, which primarily entail surveying sub-surface resources such as oil, gas and minerals, generated 44.4% of total industry operating revenue.

Non-geophysical surveying, which focuses on surveying the surface of the earth, accounted for 48.4% of total operating revenue. Sales from other goods and services, which include Geographic Information System development and customization, represented the remaining 7.2%.

More than half (53.9%) of the industry operating revenues were generated in Alberta, with the province posting a 17.8% year-over-year gain in 2012. While Saskatchewan surveying and mapping establishments accounted for 4.8% of the industry total, its year-over-year growth of 22.2% also contributed to the overall industry growth.

The bulk of the industry's sales are generated by the business sector, accounting for 77.3% of industry revenues in 2012, and up from 75.6% the previous year. The remaining sales were derived from individuals and households (8.2%), governments and public institutions (7.6%) and clients outside Canada (6.8%).

  Note to readers

Data for the period from 2007 to 2011 have been revised.

The publication Surveying and Mapping Services, 2012 (Catalogue number63-254-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications. It contains industry highlights along with financial data including revenues, expenses and operating profit margins. It also includes product information as well as data by type of client and by geographic region.

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For analytical information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Edinam Aggor (613-951-2788; edinam.aggor@statcan.gc.ca), Service Industries Division.

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