Important methodological changes

ICT Sector Definition

Statistical documents on the ICT sector published by the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Branch before March 2013 were based on a definition of the ICT sector adopted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1998. In March 2013, to align with other organizations such as Statistics Canada, the ICT Branch started using the 2006 OECD definition of the sector. Therefore, all documents published on this website after February 2013 are based on the 2006 OECD definition.

The most important changes relate to the manufacturing industries. In the 2006 definition, are excluded industries which manufacture products using electronic processing to detect, measure, and/or record physical phenomena or to control a physical process. As a result, the "Navigational, Measuring, Medical and Control Instruments Manufacturing" industry is excluded.

The "Communication and Energy Wire and Cable Manufacturing" industry is also excluded as cables, although transporting information in electronic format, are seen as passive components not fulfilling any electronic processing of information.

Three other industries: "Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing"; "Other Machinery, Equipment and Supplies Wholesaler-Distributors"; and "Office Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing" are excluded from the revised definition as they are seen to be too broadly defined.

Two industries: "Other Communications Equipment Manufacturing" and "Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media" are added to the definition as their products are seen as primarily intended to fulfill the function of information processing and communication by electronic means including transmission and display.  For more details, please refer to OECD report Information Economy—Sector definitions based on the International Standard Industry Classification (ISIC 4).

Other methodological changes

The "Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance" industry, included in the OECD definition, was excluded from most of the published ICT sector data due to a lack of data. Recently, additional estimates were released by Statistics Canada and this industry is now fully part of the ICT sector data reported by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Finally, in February 2013, Statistics Canada revised its methodology to estimate the GDP and re-based its constant dollars estimates from 2002 dollars to 2007 dollars, resulting in revisions for all ICT industries. For more details, please refer to Statistics Canada's web page "Canadian System of National Accounts 2012 Historical Revision"

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