A Profile of Canadian Exporters

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This issue presents statistics, derived from the Exporter Register Database, on exporting establishments for the years 1993 to 2007. This is a follow-up to the original Exporter Register Database that contains data on the years 1993 to 19971 and its successors that contain data on the years 1993 to 20062. This issue continues to provide information on the number of exporters and the value of their domestic exports by industry, exporter size, destination and province of residence as well as employment statistics of exporting establishments for the year 2007.

As in previous issues, the establishment is the statistical unit of measure. Consequently, any reference made here to "exporters" represents "statistical establishments that exported." To be included in the Exporter Register, an establishment must have exported commodities valued at $30,000 or more in at least one year from 1993 to 2007. If an establishment does not export in a given year, that establishment is not included in the register for that year. Also, if the value of exports of an establishment is less than $30,000 in every year from 1993 to 2007, it is not included in the Exporter Register Database, even though it may be exporting.

This report is divided into four sections, each with subsections:

  • "Highlights" consist of an overview of results of the 2007 Exporter Register Database;
  • "Findings" contains more detailed analyses of the Exporter Register Database;
  • "Methodology, Data concepts and definitions" outlines the estimation methods and limitations as well as the fundamental principle of the Exporter Register Database; and
  • "Data tables" contain tabular data for the years from 1993 to 2007.


  1. Statistics Canada catalogue no. 65-506-X, September 2000.
  2. Ibid., November 2007
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