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Country / Area: Canada

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given) 
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?We use the SCG to tie together our requirements for import, export and production statistics. As a signatory to the HS, we apply the HS to imports and exports to the full extent possible (6-digit level). In applying the HS to production statistics, we have found it necessary to collect some of our production data at the Heading (4-digit) level of the HS and at the one-dash subheading level of the HS, rather than at the 6-digit subheading level. We also have assigned codes to the one-dash subheadings of the HS, which is a deviation to the HS. We have done this in order to be able to store and identify this level of the classification in computer files.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The SCG is a 9-digit code, and matches the structure of the HS exactly to the 6-digit level. In addition to the chapter, heading and subheading levels of the HS, the SCG has 7, 8 and 9 digit levels of the classification to identify additional national statistical requirements beyond that of the HS. It is intended that the rules of classification of the HS be applied to classification of goods according to the SCG.
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?There are approximately 17,000 classes at the most detailed level.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.N/A
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Standards Division, Statistics Canada
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Gilbert Elliot
Standards Division
Statistics Canada
120 Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A 0T6


3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Gilbert Elliot
Standards Division
Statistics Canada
120 Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A 0T6


3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)The SCG was implemented for the reference year 1988.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.The SCG is revised each year to account for changes in the Customs Tariff of Canada and to account for changing requirements in export and production statistics. Revisions are also made to account for the changes in the HS. For example the changes in the HS for 1992 and 1996 are reflected in the annual versions of the SCG for those years. The changes in the HS for 2002 will be incorporated into the 2002 SCG.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.The SCG is used in the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM). The SCG is used outside the statistical office by users wishing to interpret data from the ASM.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)The SCG is used in the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) to collect data on consumption of goods and production of goods by Canadian manufacturers classified to over 250 industries. The level of SCG detail used for collection of goods data from the ASM varies from the 4-digit (subheading level) to the 9-digit level. The level of detail varies by industry.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?Formal publication of goods data collected on the ASM has recently been discontinued in favour of disseminating data on an ad hoc basis. The data is disseminated according to the coding and structure of the SCG. Confidentiality concerns often result in the data being available at more aggregate levels than that at which it was collected.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)English and French
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The SCG is available in either ASCII text format or as a Microsoft Access database PC file. Other formats will be considered upon request.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?N/A
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)No
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsApplication of the SCG/HS to national production statistics presented some difficulty in certain areas, because the HS was too detailed or was not relevant for Canadian manufacturing statistics. Aggregate levels of the HS were therefore used.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))N/A
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?N/A
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.N/A
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Standard Commodity Classification (SCC). The SCC was developed to be a base for development of compatible working level classifications in the areas of external trade statistics, transportation statistics and manufacturing statistics etc. Working level classifications based upon this standard were the Industrial Commodity Classification (ICC) for classifying production and materials used by manufacturers, the Import Commodity Classification (MCC) for classifying imported goods and the Export Commodity Classification (XCC) for classifying exported goods.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?The SCC was designed to have a close relationship with the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The SCC was a 5-digit code grouped into 5 sections. Each section was organized into Divisions (83 in total), each division was organized into Groups (484 in total) and Groups were broken down into classes (5,876 in total).
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?There are 5,876 classes at the most detailed level of the SCC.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Rough concordances were developed linking the working level classifications to the HS
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?1972
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationN/A
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryN/A

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