User Guide: Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts
Table of contents

  1. Introduction and overview
    Release date: May 31, 2016
  2. History of Canada’s macroeconomic accounts
    A review of the seven-decade history of Canada's System of Macroeconomic Accounts connecting the story to the evolution of the international SNA, plus a discussion of the uses and users of Canada's accounts.
    Release date: August 31, 2016
  3. Key concepts in brief
    An explanation of key national accounting concepts involving stocks and flows; the distinction between price and volume changes; production, distribution, consumption and accumulation; residence; institutional units and sectors; classifications; and accounting concepts. Also includes a description of SNA 2008's sequence of accounts.
    Release date: May 31, 2016
  4. Supply and use accounts
    An explanation of the structure and concepts of Canada's supply and use accounts.
    Release date: May 31, 2016
  5. Income and expenditure accounts
    An explanation of the structure and concepts of Canada's income and expenditure accounts.
    Release date: August 31, 2016
  6. Financial and wealth accounts
    An explanation of the structure and concepts of Canada's financial flow and national balance sheet accounts.
    Release date: November 30, 2016
  7. Price and volume measures
    An explanation of the national accounts price-quantity decomposition using Laspeyres, Paasche and Fisher indexes and of the way the decomposition is used to calculate real gross domestic income, real capital stocks and purchasing power parities.
    Release date: November 30, 2016
  8. International accounts
    An explanation of the structure and concepts of Canada's balance of payments and international investment position accounts.
    Release date: May 31, 2017
  9. Government Finance Statistics
    An explanation of the structure and concepts of Canada's new GFS-based public sector accounts.
    Release date: June 22, 2018
  10. The environmental and resource satellite account
    This account describes the size of Canada's natural resource stocks and their contribution to national wealth; the extent of annual extraction of these resources and their disposition among the institutional sectors; the generation of liquid, solid and gaseous wastes by industries, households and governments and the management of these wastes; and the expenditures made by businesses, households and governments for the purposes of protecting the environment. It is consistent with the internationally agreed System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), a set of standard concepts, definitions, classifications, accounting rules and tables for producing comparable statistics on the environment and its relationship with the economy.
  11. Satellite accounts and other Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts products
    An explanation of the satellite account concept and a description of how that concept has been applied in Canada with respect to non-profit institutions and volunteering, pensions, tourism, research and development, and the value of household production; plus an outline of concepts relating to the estimates of productivity measures and the underground economy.
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