A Profile of Canadian Exporters, 1996 to 2009

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This issue presents statistics, derived from the Exporter Register Database, on exporting establishments for the years 1996 to 2009. This is a follow-up to the Exporter Register Database issue containing data on the years 1993 to 20071. This publication begins coverage from 1996 onwards.

This issue continues to provide information on the number of exporters and the value of their domestic exports by industry (North American Industry Classification System–NAICS), exporter size, province of residence, countries of destination, and employment size (2009 only).

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 between 1996 and 2009. 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 1996 to 2009, it is not included in the Exporter Register Database, even though it may be exporting.

This report is divided into four sections:

  • "Highlights" consists of an overview of results of the 2009 Exporter Register Database;
  • "Findings" contains more detailed analyses of this database;
  • "Methodology, data concepts and definitions" outlines the estimation methods and limitations, as well as the fundamentals of this database; and
  • "Data tables" contains tabular data for the years from 1996 to 2009.


  1. Statistics Canada catalogue no. 65-507-M, January 2010.
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