Statistics Canada relies on many groups and individuals to carry out virtually all its programs. Consultation and advice is provided by:
The National Statistics Council
Professional advisory committees
Bilateral relationships with federal departments
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Consultative Council on Statistical Policy
Special program reviews
The National Statistics Council advises the Chief Statistician of Canada on the full range of Statistics Canada’s activities, particularly on overall program priorities.
A network of professional advisory committees in major subject areas ensures the continuous review of the Agency’s statistical outputs and helps set priorities and foster program relevance.
Statistics Canada maintains close bilateral relationships with key federal departments and agencies, including Industry, Health, Human Resources Development, Environment, Agriculture, Transport, the Canadian Transportation Agency, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Heritage, Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, Citizenship and Immigration and Justice. These bilateral relationships foster an awareness of each other’s needs and information priorities.
The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Consultative Council on Statistical Policy and its subcommittees comprise a network of 13 provincial/territorial official representatives, who collaborate with Statistics Canada to determine data requirements, consult on current statistical activities and coordinate the dissemination of Statistics Canada's products to provincial and territorial governments.
Three special initiatives in the areas of health, education and justice statistics warrant mention.
Health: Statistics Canada priorities are developed with the assistance of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The Board comprises senior federal, provincial and private sector representatives including the Chief Statistician.
Education: The Canadian Education Statistics Council is a joint creation of Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. The Council, comprising the Chief Statistician and Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers of Education, advises the Chief Statistician on the Education Statistics Program at Statistics Canada.
Justice: The Justice Information Council comprises federal and provincial Deputy Ministers responsible for justice policies and programs and the Chief Statistician. It provides advice to the Chief Statistician on the Justice Statistics Program at the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics within Statistics Canada.
In addition to these avenues of consultation, the Agency conducts special program reviews (using focus groups or special consultations during program redesigns) to monitor the continued relevance of its products and to enhance its understanding of client needs.