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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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December 14, 2022

As part of its revised infrastructure economic accounts for 2021, Statistics Canada has re-estimated the economic impacts associated with infrastructure investments over time.  These impacts are measured in terms of jobs (headcount, not person-years), compensation of employees and value added in nominal terms. Note that compensation of employees is a component of value added.

Economic impacts are divided into direct impacts generated within the industry undertaking the investment and indirect impacts generated in industries that supply the directly-affected industry.  The total economic impact is the sum of direct and indirect economic impact.

In 2021, Nova Scotia's investment in infrastructure amounted to $2.136 billion.  This generated direct employment of 9,500 jobs as well as a further 6,400 in indirect employment among supplier industries for a total (rounded) impact of 16,000.  This total employment impact was up from 12,700 estimated for 2020.  Employment impacts of infrastructure investments have risen by 5,700 since 2018.

The total employment impacts of Nova Scotia's infrastructure investment in 2021 generated $665 million in direct employee compensation and a further $384 million in indirect employee compensation.  

Including value added beyond compensation of employees, Nova Scotia's infrastructure investments in 2021 generated $1.01 billion in direct value added as well as $0.63 billion in indirect value added.

Notes: Infrastructure is defined as physical structures and systems that support the production of goods and service and their delivery to and consumption by governments, business and citizens. Infrastructure assets are tangible assets that generally enable or perform a support function and includes both economic asset (i.e. highways, road, energy generation/transmission, sewage systems) and social assets (i.e. hospitals, schools, pollution abatement, recreation facilities, law enforcement facilities). The value of the capital stock is measured using perpetual inventory method where investment are positive flows that accumulated the asset which is depreciated over time as assets age. Assets in the data can be separated by purchasing sector, asset type, or function. Infrastructure assets do not include all types of non-residential assets, for instance buses and trains are included while some other types of mobile assets (defense ships, aircraft, ambulances) are not considered part of infrastructure assets.

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 36-10-0608-01  Infrastructure Economic Accounts, investment and net stock by asset, industry, and asset function (x 1,000,000)Table 36-10-0610-01  Infrastructure Economic Accounts, economic impact by asset, industry, and asset function (x 1,000,000)

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