Survey of Innovation, 2003 [Canada]

The survey is part of an on-going program to measure innovation in Canada. To meet this objective the survey collects information on new and significantly improved products and processes introduced during a three year time period. The information collected by this survey provides information innovation and innovation activities of Canadian businesses and their characteristics. Some topics can include innovation activities, sources of information, problems and obstacles, impact of innovation, cooperative and collaborative arrangements for innovation, business success factors, intellectual property protection, and use of government support programs. The survey is conducted every 3-4 years, depending on need, and covers a 3-year reference period. Industries surveyed may vary from survey to survey. Coverage is largely determined by client sponsorship.

Series title
Survey of Innovation
Data creator
Statistics Canada. Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division
Date of creation
2004 Mar 31st
Ottawa, Ont.: Statistics Canada. Data Liberation Initiative
Date of distribution
2005 Jan 28th
Statistics type
Geographic coverage

Canada, provinces and territories

Frame Description: The sample was drawn from Statistics Canada's Business Register.
Date of collection
2003 Sep 15th to 2004 Jan 29th
Mode of data collection

Data was collected through respondent completed questionnaires in paper format (mail or fax). All establishments were "pre-contacted" to determine the name and correct mailing address for the respondent, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or senior manager at the location. Questionnaires were mailed out with mail, telephone and fax follow ups carried out for to elicit a response from non-respondents. In some cases, respondents completed the questionnaire over the phone with responses entered on a paper questionnaire by the interviewer.

Extent of file
94 data files (Excel format; number of logical records varies) & accompanying documentation (total 253 files)

The requirement to produce sub-provincial statistics was a major criterion in defining the sampling unit. Accordingly, the establishment was chosen as the collection unit. To reduce the response burden on small businesses, only establishments with a gross business income of at least $250,000 and at least 15 employees were considered in sample selection.

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