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First quarter 2009

The national balance sheet accounts are comprised of the balance sheets of all of the sectors of the economy: the persons and unincorporated business, corporate, government and non-resident sectors. They cover all resident non-financial assets and all financial claims and associated liabilities outstanding in all sectors.

Quarterly series, both book and market value, are available from the first quarter of 1990. Marketable securities are at market value, unless otherwise stated. For more information on the market value estimates, consult the Balance sheet estimates at market value page of our website.

Additional sub-sector tables for the national balance sheet on a market value basis are now available on request (613-951-3640, The sub-sectors covered will include a number of institutional investors, such as life insurance and pension funds, mutual funds, and chartered banks and near banks. These tables will provide the same level of detail as our existing market value tables, in terms of the financial instruments presented, and will cover the first quarter of 1990 to the first quarter of 2009.

With the first quarter release of the 2009 National Balance Sheet Accounts, Statistics Canada is releasing a number of financial indicators for the persons and unincorporated businesses, corporate and government sectors. See National Balance Sheet Accounts: Data Tables, Vol.2 no. 1 (13-022-X, free).