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Surveying and mapping services, 2013

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Released: 2015-10-14

Industries involved in surveying and mapping services reported $3.0 billion in operating revenue and $2.7 billion in operating expenses in 2013, resulting in an operating profit margin of 11.4%. Alberta accounted for 54.2% of operating revenue, followed by Ontario (13.6%) and Quebec (11.5%).

Establishments in these industries are primarily engaged in geophysical surveying and mapping (for example, subsurface resources) and non-geophysical surveying and mapping (for example, the earth's surface including the sea floor).

The largest expense for firms in these industries was salaries, wages, commissions and benefits, amounting to $1.2 billion or 45.7% of total operating expenses. Cost of goods sold (9.8%) was the second largest expense.

Sales to the business sector accounted for 75.4% of total sales in these industries in 2013. Sales to individuals and households accounted for 9.2%, while the remaining client base was split between governments, not-for-profit organizations and public institutions (7.9%) and clients outside Canada (7.5%).

  Note to readers

With this release, CANSIM tables 360-0028, 360-0029 and 360-0030 are replacing CANSIM tables 360-0006, 360-0016 and 360-0017, which have been terminated.

Changes in methodology were made to the Annual Survey of Service Industries: Surveying and Mapping Services. Users should, therefore, exercise caution when comparing 2013 data with historical datasets. For more information on the methodology changes, consult the document Integrated Business Statistics Program accessible in the Behind the data feature of our website.

Beginning with this release, the estimates are based on the 2012 North American Industrial Classification System.

The publication Surveying and Mapping Services (Catalogue number63-254-X) is no longer available. Data from the Annual Survey of Service Industries: Surveying and Mapping Services will now be released in CANSIM.

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