Results-based Action Plan, 2005 to 2008

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General information
Summary of main expected results
Summary of the main activities and expected results according to the following categories
Communication plan

General information

Federal department
Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
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Minister responsible
The Honourable David Emerson
Minister of Industry

Senior official responsible for implementation of Part VII of the OLA
Alain Séguin
Official Languages Champion
Assistant Chief Statistician, Management Services
R.H.Coats Building, Room 26-A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-9866
E-mail: alain.seguin@statcan.gc.ca

 

Mandate

Statistics Canada's mandate, derived from the Statistics Act, is to collect, analyze and publish statistical information describing the economic, social and general conditions of the country and its citizens. Other federal legislation also requires Statistics Canada to produce data for a wide variety of purposes.

National coordinator responsible for implementation of section 41
Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistics Studies Division
Main Building, Room 1710
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-3763
E-mail: rejean.lachapelle@statcan.gc.ca

Assistant national coordinator
Jean-Pierre Corbeil
Senior Researcher/Analyst
Demography Division
Main Building, Room 1708
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-2315
E-mail: jean-pierre.corbeil@statcan.gc.ca

Regional coordinators 

Eastern Region
Patricia Griffith
1741 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3X8
902-426-8596
E-mail: patricia.griffith@statcan.gc.ca

Denis Boudreau
200 René Lévesque Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec
H2Z 1X4
514-283-3312
E-mail: denis.boudreau@statcan.gc.ca

Central Region
Sylvie Chartrand-Rafi
25 St. Clair Avenue East
Arthur Meighen Building, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M4
416-973-2673
E-mail: sylvie.chartrand-rafi@statcan.gc.ca

Western Region
Don Meakins
600-300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 6C7
604-666-9342
E-mail: don.meakins@statcan.gc.ca

Serge LaBrie
10909 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4J3
780-495-8729
E-mail: serge.labrie@statcan.gc.ca

Nicole Anderson
200-123 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4V9
204-983-3124
E-mail: nicole.anderson2@statcan.gc.ca

 

Summary of main expected results

In carrying out its activities, Statistics Canada will continue its efforts to contribute actively to informing Canadians about the situation of the official languages in Canada. In close cooperation with representatives of the Privy Council Office, Statistics Canada will continue to provide support and significant cooperation in the development and implementation of the Government of Canada's Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages. Not only through the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities, which it is currently developing, but also through key surveys that are of interest to official language minorities, Statistics Canada will provide information that is essential to developing performance indicators and measuring the horizontal results targeted by the Framework. Also, in partnership with the Privy Council Office and other key federal departments and agencies, Statistics Canada will continue to promote the importance of research as an essential evaluation tool for the Framework.

Summary of the main activities and expected results according to the following categories

Awareness

The participation of Statistics Canada's key survey managers in the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research will continue to keep those managers and their staff informed of the needs of official language minorities.

During the period covered by the Action Plan, the Statistics Canada's Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities will continue to play an important role in making staff aware of the situation and needs of official language minorities. This committee is made up of representatives of the key divisions that develop surveys of particular interest to official language minorities. Its mandate is to promote and facilitate information sharing at Statistics Canada concerning statistics on official language minorities and to improve partnerships between, on the one hand, the Demography Division and the Demolinguistics Studies Division and, on the other hand, divisions that can play a key role in the implementation of section 41 at Statistics Canada.

Main expected results
Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results
Indicators to measure results

Main expected results

  • Employees and senior managers are aware of the importance of promoting the bilingual character of Canada.
  • Branches, divisions and/or regional offices are informed about linguistic duality and Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) and they understand their responsibilities to OLMCs.
  • Surveys and research undertaken by Statistics Canada serve to inform staff about the situation of OLMCs.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Status Report and Action Plan made available to all managers and employees of Statistics Canada.
  • Meetings of Statistics Canada's Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.
  • Organization of activities and presentation of Statistics Canada's achievements with respect to section 41 during Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.
  • Dissemination of articles on Statistics Canada's achievements with respect to section 41 on the Internal Communications Network.
  • Presentation to Statistics Canada's Official Languages Committee.
  • Inclusion of information on the implementation of section 41 in meetings of the Subcommittee of Official Languages Coordinators at Statistics Canada.
  • Organization of information sessions for Statistics Canada regional coordinators responsible for the implementation of section 41, in order to equip them better.
  • Participation of Statistics Canada survey managers in theCoordinating Committee on Official Languages Research, enabling them to become aware of the realities and needs of OLMCs.
  • Participation of key divisions of Statistics Canada in the Survey on the Vitality of Official Minorities (SVOLM) educating Language them about the concerns of OLMCs.

Indicators to measure results

  • Concrete promotion actions taken.
  • Variety of presentations and information sessions on OLMCs.

 

Consultation

Statistics Canada will continue consolidating and improving its present program of consultation and liaison with linguistic minority community representatives in order to be more aware of their priority data needs. In each region, a member of Advisory Services staff acts as a regional coordinator for the implementation of section 41. Consultation with associations on census planning and products is an important activity, integrated into the responsibilities of Statistics Canada's Advisory Services staff as well as headquarters staff involved in census planning. During the period covered by the Action Plan, Statistics Canada's Head Office will continue to provide active support to the regional coordinators and encourage the regional offices to get more involved in implementing Statistics Canada's section 41 objectives.

Main expected results
Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results
Indicators to measure results

Main expected results

  • Statistics Canada's objectives for the implementation of section 41 take into account the priorities of the OLMCs.
  • The OLMCs have an opportunity to make their needs known and explain what hinders or facilitates access to Statistics Canada products and services.
  • The OLMCs are part of the regular clientele of the regional offices of Statistics Canada.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Participation in meetings coordinated by Canadian Heritage at the national scale and in the regions to consult with departmental representatives on section 41.
  • Participation in various formal and informal consultations with the OLMCs, coordinated by central agencies and other departments.
  • Organization of activities to consult the OLMCs in developing Statistics Canada products and services.

Indicators to measure results

  • Level of consideration and inclusion of the OLMCs in the products and services of Statistics Canada.
  • Scope of OLMC participation in the consultation activities organized by Statistics Canada

 

Communications

A leaflet providing the official language minorities with general information on the availability and use of data about them is available and will continue to be distributed through Statistics Canada's Advisory Services offices. In addition, Statistics Canada will continue to publish short articles on subjects of interest to minority communities in the Canadian Heritage Bulletin 41-42. Statistics Canada will continue its communication activities targeting official language minority communities, and will inform them of the release of any new product or service of potential interest to them.

The CD-ROM containing 2001 Census data of interest to the official language minority groups has been available since December 2003. To facilitate the use of the CD-ROM, expand its user base and demonstrate its analytical potential, Statistics Canada will continue to offer its one-day training workshop tailored to users in associations, government departments and universities. The workshops will continue to be offered through Statistics Canada's Advisory Services throughout Canada. When the series of releases of data from the 2006 Census is completed, arrangements will be made to produce a new CD-ROM on data from that census.

Main expected results
Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results
Indicators to measure results

Main expected results

  • OLMCs are receiving up-to-date information on Statistics Canada programs and services.
  • OLMCs are able to obtain information on Statistics Canada programs and services as well as statistical data on OLMCs from the Web site.
  • Statistics Canada provides information on research projects and key surveys at symposiums and thematic conferences in which OLMC representatives participate.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Making Advisory Services and Communications staff at Head Office and the regional offices aware of the issues of promoting linguistic duality and developing the OLMCs.
  • Transmitting information on Statistics Canada products and services to the OLMCs, notably through the Canadian Heritage Department's Bulletin 41-42.
  • Including OLMC client groups on mailing lists for information documents on Statistics Canada activities with respect to section 41.
  • Sharing information and presentations at symposiums and forums on topics of interest to OLMCs.
  • Training workshops on Statistics Canada products.
  • Disseminating information relevant to the OLMCs on Statistics Canada's Web site.

Indicators to measure results

  • Degree of use of Statistics Canada products and services by the OLMCs.
  • Degree of accessibility to relevant information for OLMCs.

 

Coordination, liaison and research

In cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, Statistics Canada will continue to identify needs for new data and find innovative ways to use existing data to address the concerns of the official language minorities. It will also identify research and analysis opportunities that address the needs of the official language minorities, and promote their implementation through partnerships.

Statistics Canada will continue to provide information on the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minoritiesat meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research. Also, it will continue to promote the importance of partnerships with other federal departments and agencies in conducting studies and research on the situation of official language minorities. In partnership with the Privy Council Office and other federal departments and agencies, Statistics Canada will pursue its efforts to promote the importance of research as an essential evaluation tool for the Government of Canada's Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages.

Main expected results
Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results
Indicators to measure results

Main expected results

  • Consolidate and improve partnerships with key federal departments and agencies.
  • Determine, in cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, the most important data needs and verify whether these needs can be met by finding new ways to use existing data.
  • When the necessary data are not available, develop a long-term strategy to meet these needs.
  • Identify research and analysis opportunities that would address the needs of official language minorities, and promote their implementation through partnerships.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Participation in meetings of the national coordinators responsible for implementing section 41.
  • Transmission of information in meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research.
  • Participation in consultation activities organized by the Privy Council Office concerning the Government of Canada's Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages.
  • Participation in the network of official languages champions.
  • Dissemination of research findings at forums and symposiums.
  • Examination of new strategies for collecting statistical information that cannot be included in the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities.
  • Development of research projects on the situation of official language minorities.
  • Development of the strategy for analysing the data from the post-censal survey.

Indicators to measure results

  • Number and type of partnerships established.
  • Number and type of research projects and analyses conducted.
  • Number and type of projects developed through partnerships.
  • Number and type of presentations and communications given.

 

Accountability

The Status Report and the Action Plan are widely distributed, notably to national associations representing the minority communities, the Commissioner of Official Languages, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages. At Statistics Canada, these documents are made available electronically to all managers and staff via the Internal Communications Network. Once a year, the Status Report and the Action Plan are presented to the members of Statistics Canada's Official Languages Committee.

Statistics Canada will continue its efforts so that in the spirit of section 41 and in accordance with the mandate of Statistics Canada, the Status Report reflects the concrete actions taken to enhance the vitality of Canada's English and French minorities and support and assist their development. Also, it plans to improve the mechanisms for in-house evaluation of the linkage between the objectives of the Action Plan and the regular activities of Statistics Canada.

Main expected results
Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results
Indicators to measure results

Main expected results

  • Ensure that in the spirit of section 41 and in accordance with Statistics Canada's mandate, the Status Report reflects the concrete actions taken to enhance the vitality of Canada's English and French minorities and support and assist their development.
  • Ensure that Statistics Canada's efforts to promote the full recognition and use of English and French in Canadian society are carried forward and continue to be included in Statistics Canada's objectives with respect to official languages.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Presentation of the Status Report and the Action Plan to the members of Statistics Canada's Official Languages Committee.
  • Use of Statistics Canada's Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities to share information and ensure that key divisions of Statistics Canada take the objectives of the Action Plan for section 41 into account.

Indicators to measure results

  • Scope of progress in the implementation of section 41 within Statistics Canada.
  • Importance of accomplishments in the implementation of section 41 with CLOSM.

 

Communication plan

Distribution list

  • National associations representing the minority communities
  • Commissioner of Official Languages
  • Members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages
  • Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages
  • All Statistics Canada managers and employees

May 2005

National Coordinator
Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistics Studies Division

Senior Project Officer
Alain Séguin
Assistant Chief Statistician
Management Services

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