Canadian Freight Analysis Framework

Release date: March 28, 2018 Updated: May 14, 2020

The Canadian Freight Analysis Framework (CFAF) integrates data from several sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight flows across the country by geography, commodity and mode of transport. The framework database estimates tonnage, value, and tonne-kilometers by origin and destination, by commodity type, and by mode. The database can be used in a variety of analyses including, for example, assessing highway capacity  and forecasting traffic, evaluating investments in infrastructure, examining trade flows, and analyzing policies such as road pricing and multimodal freight programs. The data are provided in spreadsheet format for ease of use. A data dictionary in HTML format is also included to provide information on the variables available in the database. By referring to the CFAF dictionary, data users will gain a better understanding of the data.

The data available in this publication are also available in table 23-10-0142.

Status: Ongoing/Available

Data tables

Reference period: 2011 to 2017 (XLSX | CSV)

Data Dictionary
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data Dictionary. The information is grouped by Field name (appearing as row headers), Data type, Length and Description/Values (appearing as column headers).
Field name Data type Length Description/Values
Year character 4 Reference year
Mode character 2 The mode by which the shipment(s) moved.
AR = Air
RL = Rail
TF = Truck (for-hire)
SCTGGroup character 50 The type of commodity shipped. Groupings based on the Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) 2-digit level.
AGRI = Agricultural products (01, 02, 03, 04)
FOOD = Food (05, 06, 07, 08, 09)
MNRLS = Minerals (10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
COAL = Coal (15)
FUELS = Fuel oils and crude petroleum (16, 17, 18, 19)
PLCHM = Plastic and chemical products (20, 21, 22, 23, 24)
FRPAP = Forest products (25, 26, 27, 28, 29)
BMETL = Base metals and articles of base metals (31, 32, 33)
TRANS = Automobiles and other transportation equipment (36, 37)
OTHMF = Other manufactured goods (30, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40)
WASTE = Waste and scrap (41)
MISC = Miscellaneous products (42)
OrigCMA character 3 In Canada, the sub-provincial area (census agglomeration (CA), census metropolitan area (CMA), rest of province (ROP)) or province/territory which is the origin of the shipment(s). Outside Canada, the United States and Mexico are grouped and all other countries are grouped.
100 = Newfoundland and Labrador
110 = Prince Edward Island
130 = New Brunswick
160 = Yukon
161 = Northwest Territories
162 = Nunavut
170 = United States and Mexico
180 = Other international
200 = Rest of Nova Scotia
205 = Halifax
400 = Rest of Quebec
421 = Québec
462 = Montréal
500 = Rest of Ontario
532 = Oshawa
535 = Toronto
537 = Hamilton
559 = Windsor
600 = Rest of Manitoba
602 = Winnipeg
700 = Rest of Saskatchewan
725 = Saskatoon
800 = Rest of Alberta
825 = Calgary
835 = Edmonton
900 = Rest of British Columbia
933 = Vancouver
OrigProv character 2 In Canada, the province or territory which is the origin of the shipment(s). Outside Canada, the United States and Mexico are grouped and all other countries are grouped.
NL = Newfoundland and Labrador
PE = Prince Edward Island
NS = Nova Scotia
NB = New Brunswick
QC = Quebec
ON = Ontario
MB = Manitoba
SK = Saskatchewan
AB = Alberta
BC = British Columbia
YT = Yukon
NT = Northwest Territories
NU = Nunavut
UM = United States and Mexico
OI = Other international
OrigCtry character 2 The country which is the origin of the shipment(s).
CA = Canada
UM = United States and Mexico
OI = Other international
DestCMA character 3 In Canada, the sub-provincial area (census agglomeration (CA), census metropolitan area (CMA), rest of province (ROP)) or province/territory which is the destination of the shipment(s). Outside Canada, the United States and Mexico are grouped and all other countries are grouped.
100 = Newfoundland and Labrador
110 = Prince Edward Island
130 = New Brunswick
160 = Yukon
161 = Northwest Territories
162 = Nunavut
170 = United States and Mexico
180 = Rest of World
200 = Rest of Nova Scotia
205 = Halifax
400 = Rest of Quebec
421 = Québec
462 = Montréal
500 = Rest of Ontario
532 = Oshawa
535 = Toronto
537 = Hamilton
559 = Windsor
600 = Rest of Manitoba
602 = Winnipeg
700 = Rest of Saskatchewan
725 = Saskatoon
800 = Rest of Alberta
825 = Calgary
835 = Edmonton
900 = Rest of British Columbia
933 = Vancouver
DestProv character 2 In Canada, the province or territory which is the destination of the shipment(s). Outside Canada, the United States and Mexico are grouped and all other countries are grouped.
NL = Newfoundland and Labrador
PE = Prince Edward Island
NS = Nova Scotia
NB = New Brunswick
QC = Quebec
ON = Ontario
MB = Manitoba
SK = Saskatchewan
AB = Alberta
BC = British Columbia
YT = Yukon
NT = Northwest Territories
NU = Nunavut
UM = United States and Mexico
OI = Other international
DestCtry character 2 The country which is the destination of the shipment(s).
CA = Canada
UM = United States and Mexico
OI = Other international
Shipments numeric 38 The aggregate number of shipments transported. For air and truck, a shipment represents the movement of a single commodity from an origin to a destination. For rail this represents the number of cars. Blank cells contain data which have been suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act.
Weight numeric 38 The aggregate weight of the shipments, in kilograms (kg). Blank cells contain data which have been suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act.
Revenue numeric 38 The aggregate revenue that the carrier earned from transporting the shipments, in dollars. Blank cells contain data which have been suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act. For rail the revenue value is based on attributing the revenue to the shipments based on tonne-kilometres of the shipment and the overall revenue without distinguishing carrier, geography and much commodity detail. The revenues are not specific to a market and should not be used as a benchmark.
Distance numeric 38 The aggregate distance that the shipments were transported, in kilometres (km). Blank cells contain data which have been suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act.
TonneKm numeric 38 The weight of each shipment multiplied by the distance transported and then aggregated. Blank cells contain data which have been suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act.
Value numeric 38 The aggregate value of the shipments, in dollars. Blank cells contain data which have been suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act.

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