Experimental environmental, social and governance dashboard

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Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) refers to three non-financial factors that can be used to inform the long-term risk and return of an investment. ESG are emerging as a priority for governments, businesses and international organisations.

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Environment, Social and Governance overview

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Statistics Canada's Physical Flow Accounts (PFA) record the annual flows of selected natural resources, products and residuals between the Canadian economy and the environment. Data are presented to reflect the activities of industries, households and governments, and follow the classification system of industries and commodities used in Statistics Canada's supply and use tables. Statistics Canada’s PFA follows the methodological guidelines of the United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA), which uses the same methodology and structure as the System of National Accounts. Therefore, Statistics Canada's emission estimates are directly comparable with economic variables/measurements such as the Gross Domestic Product. Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for producing Canada's official National Inventory Report on Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks. This inventory, which fulfills Canada's reporting obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is consistent with guidelines published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is the official benchmark for greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. For more information on the methodological differences, refer to the physical flow accounts survey page (5115) and the Greenhouse gas emissions section of the Canadian Center for Energy Information (CCEI).

Data for the representation of women on boards of directors are subject to revision. For more details about the revision process, please refer to the Note to Readers for Representation of women on boards of directors.


Indicators included in the ESG dashboard were selected based on the availability of data at Statistics Canada, their presence in widely adopted ESG frameworks currently used by businesses, and their applicability to a wide range of industries. While the indicators selected are relevant to most industries, they may not represent the most material issues for the industries included in the dashboard and, therefore, should not be considered as a comprehensive or definitive list or a complete ESG framework.

Due to the experimental nature of the dashboard, only a limited selection of industries are currently available. These industries were chosen based on their interest in ESG data and the availability of industry breakdowns of certain datasets used to produce the indicators. Data may therefore be available for industries not currently represented in the dashboard. Data sources are clearly indicated in the dashboard and users are encouraged to access data for these other industries by referring to these data sources.

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