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Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy, 2012

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Released: 2014-07-30

Relocation or outsourcing of business activities

During the 2010 to 2012 period, 5.2% of Canadian enterprises relocated their business activities from Canada to another country. Enterprises in finance and insurance (15.0%) and utilities (10.4%) had the highest rates of relocating any business activities to another country.

For the three-year period of 2010 to 2012, large enterprises (18.2%) led in relocating any business activities to another country, followed by medium-sized (5.7%) and small enterprises (3.5%). During 2010 to 2012, the rates of enterprises across all the size groups relocating business activities to another country declined from the 2007 to 2009 period.

For the three-year period from 2010 to 2012, 20.6% of enterprises outsourced (contracted out) business activities from Canada to another country, up from 16.8% for the 2007 to 2009 period.

Canadian enterprises relocating business activities from another country into Canada edged up from 1.8% in 2007 to 2009 to 2.2% for 2010 to 2012. Large enterprises (6.2%) led all enterprise size groups in relocating business activities into Canada during the 2010 to 2012 period.

  Note to readers

Data on global value chains from the Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy, first released in The Daily on March 10, 2014, are now available in CANSIM for 2009 and 2012. Tables on enterprise structure, operational activities, relocation of business activities from Canada to another country, relocation of business activities into Canada, sales activities, changes to business practices and relationship with main suppliers are available by region, enterprise size and all surveyed industries.

Tables CANSIM table358-0271 to 358-0276: Enterprise structure.

Tables CANSIM table358-0277 to 358-0283: Operational activities.

Tables CANSIM table358-0284 to 358-0291: Relocation of business activities from Canada to another country.

Tables CANSIM table358-0292 to 358-0294: Relocation of business activities into Canada.

Tables CANSIM table358-0295 to 358-0301: Sales activities.

Table CANSIM table358-0302: Changes to business practices.

Table CANSIM table358-0303: Relationship with main suppliers.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number5171.

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