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Accounting Services Price Index, 2017

Released: 2018-12-17

Accounting Services Price Index



1.9% increase

(annual change)

The Accounting Services Price Index rose by 1.9% in 2017, following a 2.8% increase in 2016. Prices charged by accounting establishments in Canada have risen each year since the survey began in 1999.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Accounting Services Price Index
Accounting Services Price Index

Price increases were observed for three of the four types of accounting services covered by the survey. The largest gain was in tax preparation services for individuals and unincorporated businesses (+3.7%). Prices also increased for audit, review, related services and other assurance services (+2.7%), as well as bookkeeping, compilation, payroll and general accounting services (+1.9%).

The increase was somewhat offset by a decline (-1.6%) in prices for tax preparation services for corporate clients, which decreased for the first time since 2013.

  Note to readers

The Accounting Services Price Index is an annual survey. The index collects prices for accounting engagements that are used to measure price movements over time in the accounting services industry.

With each release, data for the previous year may have been revised. Data are available at the Canada level only.

A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics

To celebrate Canada 150, A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics, which is part of Statistics Canada — Infographics (Catalogue number11-627-M), was created to showcase the key milestones in the history of Canadian producer price statistics. This historical timeline contains answers to questions such as: Who collected Canada's first statistics? What do Canadian producer price indexes measure?

Infographic: Producer Price Indexes at a Glance

The infographic "Producer Price Indexes at a Glance," which is part of Statistics Canada — Infographics (Catalogue number11-627-M), is available. This infographic demonstrates how producer price indexes for goods and services are calculated and why they are important for the Canadian economy.

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