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National balance sheet accounts
First quarter 2005

Note to readers

The national balance sheet accounts are statements of the balance sheets of all of the various sectors of the economy. They consist of the non-financial assets owned in the various sectors of the economy and of financial claims outstanding. National wealth is the sum of non-financial assets - produced assets, land surrounding structures and agricultural land - in all sectors of the economy. National net worth is wealth less net foreign liabilities (i.e., what is owed to non-residents less what non-residents owe to Canadians). Alternatively, it is the sum of the net worth of persons, corporations and governments. Quarterly series run from the first quarter of 1990.

Market value estimates have been available since June 2004. For more information, consult Balance sheet estimates at market value.

With the first quarter 2005 release of the National Balance Sheet Accounts, the data are revised back to the first quarter of 2001.

An annual measure of national wealth that includes selected natural resources is also available (CANSIM table 378-0005). Users are advised that the estimates of natural resources have been revised back to 1961, reflecting improvements in methodology.

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