Monday, December 8, 2014

Transfer Payments


I am currently working on a project related to Canadian Government's expenditures. I am trying to find annual data, preferably from 1976 to 2013, about government actual expenses on social policies, such as child related transfers to families, or public income support payments during periods of maternity and parental leave.

I found these tables from CANSIM (there is no data available from 1981-1988 or after 2009 when the series was terminated):

- Federal government and government sector revenue and expenditure, annual (Dollars), 1961 to 1980 < &tabMode=dataTable&srchLan=-1&p1=-1&p2=9>

- Federal, provincial and territorial general government revenue and expenditures, for fiscal year ending March 31, annual (Dollars), 1989 to 2009 < /a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=3850002&tabMode=dataTable&srchLan=-1&p1=-1&p 2=9>

If you could advise anything further that would be great.


You may have noted in the CANSIM table 385-002 that the 385-XXXX series was compiled under the old Financial Management System framework. Statistics Canada is adopting the international standard Government Finance Statistics. More information on this can be found here:

- Moving from the Financial Management System to Government Finance Statistics -

See release notice of the GFS in the Daily - Canadian Government Finance Statistics, 2008 to 2012 (provisional):

Note: The data sources, methods and concepts that underlie the CGFS-based data depart significantly from the Financial Management System (FMS)-based data previously published by Statistics Canada.

Available in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table385-0033 to 385-0039 <>. 
Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number5218 <>

The Add/Remove Data Tab has more options with respect to Statement of government operations and balance sheet. If the user wants more detailed information, if available, it would require a custom tabulation.