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Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2021

Released: 2023-02-10

Revised data on provincial and territorial labour productivity and related measures from 1997 to 2021 are now available.

These data revisions reflect the incorporation of the most up-to-date information and revised data from different sources. In particular, the revisions are consistent with those incorporated in the provincial and territorial economic accounts, the provincial and territorial gross domestic product (GDP) by industry (released November 8, 2022), and the national GDP by industry (released November 29, 2022).

This release also reflects the historical revision to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (released March 29, 2022) and the 1987 to 2021 revisions of the Labour Force Survey (released January 30, 2023), which were particularly a result of enhancements to the rules and parameters used in data editing and imputation.

Finally, this release incorporates new data from the 2021 Census of Population, which improves the industrial allocation of the self-employed and estimates of interprovincial flows of workers. There were also historical revisions to the incomes of employees, but they were negligible.

Overall, the revisions to the labour statistics data were relatively small and had minimal impact on provincial and territorial trends in labour productivity, hours worked and hourly compensation over the revision period.

As part of an effort to increase the relevance of provincial and territorial data, we would like to remind users that two new tables—which contain an experimental data set of labour statistics by economic region and work hours—were released for the first time on May 20, 2022. Specifically, these new tables represent an expansion of two other existing data tables (36-10-0489-01 and 36-10-0480-01). The first new table (36-10-0675-01) contains labour statistics by economic region and job category, while the second new table (36-10-0676-01) contains labour statistics by work schedule (full-time or part-time).

The new data on hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories for 2022 will be released on May 19, 2023.

  Note to readers

Provincial and territorial measures of labour productivity and related variables are consistent with the concepts of the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts and with the Input-Output Industry Codes.

It is important to note that real output (used to measure productivity) is based on the value added measured at basic prices, not at market prices, which is consistent with the detailed framework by industry. Further, the real estate, rental and leasing industry, which is part of the service-producing business sector, excludes the imputed rent for owner-occupied dwellings because there are no data on the number of hours that homeowners spend on dwelling maintenance services.


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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