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Infrastructure economic account, updated 2019 to 2021

Released: 2022-12-14

The Infrastructure Economic Account isolates the role and estimates the impact of infrastructure on Canada, the provinces and the territories. It provides a macroeconomic perspective of the infrastructure assets that represent the physical structures and systems that support the production of goods and services and their delivery to and consumption by governments, businesses and citizens.

The Infrastructure Economic Account includes estimates of investment and stock by industry and type of infrastructure asset. Investment means spending by businesses or governments during a given year for the purposes of construction of structures (airports, roads, etc.), purchases of equipment (locomotives, turbines, etc.), and improvements to existing facilities.

Estimates are also available for the economic contribution of investment in infrastructure assets, which is the estimated impact on the economy resulting from the production of those assets. It is measured in terms of the associated value added (contribution to gross domestic product), compensation of employees (wages, salaries and other remuneration), and number of jobs. The Infrastructure Economic Account also includes the environmental perspective of infrastructure, which provides insights into the relationship between investment in infrastructure and the environment.

Data related to infrastructure, including investment, stock and remaining useful service life have been updated for the 2019 to 2021 reference years, due to the incorporation of updated source data for capital investment.

With this release, 2019 to 2021 data were revised. These revisions are consistent with those incorporated in the supply and use table and the provincial and territorial economic accounts, published on November 8, 2022. They also reflect the changes to the stock and consumption of fixed capital estimates published on November 29, 2022.


The product Infrastructure Statistics Hub (Catalogue number71-607-X) is now available.

The Economic accounts statistics portal, accessible from the Subjects module of the Statistics Canada website, features an up-to-date portrait of national and provincial economies and their structure.

The Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts (Catalogue number13-605-X) is available.

The User Guide: Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (Catalogue number13-606-G) is available.

The Methodological Guide: Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (Catalogue number13-607-X) is available.

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