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Government Finance Statistics, third quarter 2018

Released: 2019-01-10

Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system that presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis between participating countries.

Quarterly GFS data are available for overall government in Canada and for four sectors, from 1990 to the third quarter of 2018. These sectors are the federal government, provincial/territorial governments, local governments and the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

  Note to readers

Currently, Government Finance Statistics (GFS) quarterly data are derived by mapping Canada's System of National Accounts data to GFS concepts and conventions.

This release of GFS includes revised data for the first quarter of 1990 to the third quarter of 2018.


Additional information can be found in the Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts (Catalogue number13-605-X). The User Guide: Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (Catalogue number13-606-G) is also available. This publication has been updated with Chapter 9. Government sector accounts in the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts.

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