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Public Sector Universe, 2008 to 2014

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Released: 2016-12-08

Public Sector Universe data are now available for the 2008 to 2014 period for the federal and provincial-territorial governments and the government business enterprises they control.

The Public Sector Universe is the list of institutional units that are included in the measurement of Canadian government finance statistics (CANSIM tables 385-0032 to 385-0042). The list of reporting entities is a key element in understanding and reconciling Canadian government finance statistics to accounts published by governments.

Information for these public institutional units include operating name, date of entry or exit from the public sector, province of residence, Standard Geographical Classification, institutional sector and industry classification.

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An institutional unit is defined as an economic entity that is capable, in its own right, of owning assets, incurring liabilities, and engaging in economic activities and in transactions with other entities.

Ministries, departments, agencies, boards, commissions, judicial authorities, legislative bodies, and other entities that make up a government are not institutional units if they do not have the authority to own assets, incur liabilities, or engage in transactions in their own right. In general, all entities funded by appropriations made in accordance with a budget controlled by the legislature are not separate institutional units and are treated as constituting a single institutional unit.

Other components of Canada's public sector universe (municipal, health, education) will be introduced in future releases of this annual product.


The Public Sector Universe (Catalogue number68-516-X) is now available in HTML format.

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