The Daily
 In the news  Indicators  Releases by subject
 Special interest  Release schedule  Information

Engineering services industry, 2016

Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.

Released: 2018-03-27

Operating revenue for the engineering services industry was $27.7 billion in 2016, down 7.6% from 2015. During the same period, operating expenses decreased 5.6% to $25.7 billion, a drop similar to 2015. This resulted in an operating profit margin of 7.1%, compared with 9.0% in 2015.

In 2016, engineering firms in Alberta generated 30.8% of the industry operating revenue, followed by firms in Ontario (29.3%), Quebec (16.2%) and British Columbia (14.2%). The other provinces and territories generated the remaining 9.5% of the operating revenue.

Salaries, wages, commissions and benefits accounted for 47.3% ($12.2 billion) of operating expenses in engineering services in 2016. The cost of goods sold (13.4%) remained at 2015 levels.

In 2016, petroleum and petrochemical engineering projects remained the largest source of sales for engineering firms (14.7%), followed by commercial, public and institutional building projects (13.9%). Transportation engineering projects rounded out the top three, increasing their relative share of sales from 9.4% in 2015 to 12.7% in 2016. In contrast, the share of sales of mining and metallurgical engineering projects (10.9%) declined for the second consecutive year.

Clients in the business sector generated 67.8% of sales in the engineering services industry, followed by governments, not-for-profit organizations and public institutions (21.2%), clients outside Canada (9.2%) and households (1.8%).

In 2016, sales outside Canada were as follows: United States (46.4%), Mexico (4.8%) and other countries (48.6%).

  Note to readers

Data for 2013, 2014 and 2015 have been revised.

Data related to investments in non-residential building construction are taken from CANSIM table 026-0016.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; or Media Relations (613-951-4636;

Report a problem on this page

Is something not working? Is there information outdated? Can't find what you're looking for?

Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.

Privacy notice

Date modified: