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Data Fix: Canada - Government balance
Tuesday, 06 Nov 2018 08:21 ET
By Keith Golden
November 2018 -- The "National Income and Expenditure Accounts" dataset for Canada has two series expressing the idea of "government financial balance", and we have corrected a conflation in our extract.

While adapting our harvest process to the new Statistics Canada website, we identified and corrected an isolated error in our Data Buffet extract of Table 36-10-0477-01, and took measures to prevent a recurrence.

Specifically, the source series for "government net lending or net borrowing" and "government surplus or deficit" were conflated in our extract. We have added the missing series and corrected the metadata on both. If you previously used GVLFNLBAQ.ICAN, please download both and examine their metadata to verify you're using what you intended.

Figures are millions of Canadian dollars (Mil. CAD), seasonally adjusted at annual rates (SAAR). The series start at 1961Q1. These series reside in the historical catalog (Canada » Government » Government finances » Quarterly » SAAR) and consist of:

  • GVLFNLBAQ.ICAN = Government finances: Federal government - Equals - Net lending or net borrowing, (Mil. CAD, SAAR)
  • GVLFSDAQ.ICAN  = Government finances: Federal government - Governments surplus or deficit, (Mil. CAD, SAAR)

In an unrelated action, we standardized one mnemonic for internal consistency (old » new):

  • GVLPGREVAQ.ICAN » GVLPREVAQ.ICAN = Government finances: Canada Pension Plan - Governments revenue, (Mil. CAD, SAAR)

Because catalog locations are subject to change, the upper-right search box on DataBuffet.com provides a "find in catalog" mode that accepts a mnemonic.

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