Results-based Action Plan, 2008 to 2011

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General information and period covered
Summary of progress towards achieving results
Summary of the main activities and main expected results by category
Detailed Action Plan
Communication plan

General information and period covered

Federal department

Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
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Minister responsible

The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry

 

 

Senior official(s) responsible for implementation of Part VII of the OLA

Paul Johanis
Official Languages Champion
Assistant Chief Statistician, Management Services
R.H. Coats Building, Room 26-A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-9866
E-mail: paul.johanis@statcan.gc.ca

 

 

Mandate of the federal department/agency:

Statistics Canada’s mandate, derived from the Statistics Act, is to collect, analyse 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
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Suite 1710
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-3763
E-mail: rejean.lachapelle@statcan.gc.ca

 

 

Assistant national coordinator

Jean-Pierre Corbeil
Chief Specialist
Language Statistics Section
Demography Division
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Suite 1708
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-2315
E-mail: jean-pierre.corbeil@statcan.gc.ca

 

 

Regional coordinators:

Ottawa

Sylvie Lafrenière
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-7197
E-mail: sylvieA.lafreniere@statcan.gc.ca

Eastern Region

Patricia Griffith
1741 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3X8
902-426-6374
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

Period covered by the Action Plan:



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

Milana Karaganis
123 Main Street, Suite 200
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4V9
204-983-5883
E-mail: Milana.Karaganis@statcan.gc.ca






 

2008-2011

 

Summary of progress towards achieving results

In carrying out its activities, Statistics Canada will continue its efforts to contribute actively to inform Canadians about the situation of official languages in Canada. In close cooperation with representatives of Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Secretariat and other key federal government departments and agencies, Statistics Canada will consult regularly with data users and will continue to provide support and significant cooperation to them both in official language minority communities and in universities and federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies. Not only through the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVOLM), the first results of which were released in December 2007, but also through censuses and key surveys that are of interest to official language minorities, Statistics Canada will be able to provide information that is essential to measuring and evaluating the results of the federal government’s Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages. Also, in partnership with the Official Languages Secretariat and other key federal government departments and agencies, Statistics Canada will continue its efforts to promote the importance of collecting relevant data and conducting research to better learn about, understand and evaluate the situation of official languages and the groups using them.

Summary of the main activities and main expected results by category

Awareness

Statistics Canada’s official languages champion forwards an annual message to staff members to raise their awareness of the needs of official language minority communities and invite them to help achieve the agency’s Action Plan objectives.

Statistics Canada’s Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities plays 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, to encourage analysts to take official languages into account in their studies and to improve partnerships between, on the one hand, the Demography Division and the Demolinguistics Studies Division and, on the other hand, divisions that might play a key role in implementing section 41 at Statistics Canada.

Consultation

Statistics Canada will continue consolidating and improving its present program of consultation and liaison with linguistic minority community representatives in order to learn more about their priority data needs. In addition, the agency will take advantage of the numerous events it takes part in throughout the year to consult with them and to respond to their needs. In each region, an Advisory Services staff member acts as 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 those of headquarters staff involved in census planning. Statistics Canada's Head Office will continue to provide active support to the regional coordinators and to encourage partnerships between Head Office and the regional offices in achieving the goals of section 41.

Communications

A Statistics Canada brochure providing official language minorities with general information on the availability and use of data about them will be updated and distributed widely. In addition, Statistics Canada will continue to publish short articles on subjects of interest to minority communities in Canadian Heritage’s 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 products or services of potential interest to them. The Agency also intends to increase its research results popularization activities with associations to make it easier for them to access statistical information that might be of interest to official language minority communities.

Following a series of consultations with major users of the CD-ROM “Portrait of official language communities in Canada”, released after each recent Census, improvements will be made to make it easier to use. To extend the user base and demonstrate its analytical potential, Statistics Canada will hold a one-day training session tailored to users in associations, government and universities. Statistics Canada also plans to obtain the support of other federal government departments and agencies to make this workshop more accessible to representatives of associations.

The CD-ROM containing 2006 Census data of interest to official language minority groups will be available in December 2008. Workshops will continue to be offered by Statistics Canada’s Advisory Services throughout the country.

Coordination, liaison and research

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

Statistics Canada will continue to provide information on the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities and other key surveys at meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research. It will also make an information document on key Statistics Canada surveys containing language variables available in order to encourage their use. Also, it will continue to promote the importance of partnerships with other federal government departments and agencies in conducting studies and research on the situation of official language minorities. Based on the major findings of the National symposium on research in the field of official languages held in January 2008, Statistics Canada, in partnership with Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Secretariat and other key federal government departments and agencies, will continue its efforts to promote the importance of the collection of pertinent data and research as essential evaluation tools for the Government of Canada's Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages.

Accountability

The Status Report and the Action Plan are being widely distributed, notably to national associations representing minority groups, 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, those documents are made available electronically to all staff via the Internal Communications Network. 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 to ensure that, in the spirit of section 41 and in accordance with its mandate, the Status Report reflects the concrete actions taken to enhance the vitality of Canada's English and French minorities and support their development. Also, through its Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities and its Official Languages Committee, Statistics Canada will continue to improve the mechanisms for in-house evaluation of the linkage between the objectives of the Action Plan and its regular activities.

Detailed Action Plan

A. Awareness (In-house activities)

[Training, information, orientation, awareness-raising, communication, etc. activities carried on in-house to make the federal agency’s/department’s employees and/or senior management aware of linguistic duality and OLMC priorities; senior management performance contracts and recognition programs; taking into account of the point of view of the OLMCs in in-house research, studies and surveys.]

Expected result:
Introduction of enduring change into the federal institution’s corporate culture; all employees know and understand their responsibilities under section 41 of the Official Languages Act.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Make employees and senior managers aware of the needs of OLMCs and the importance of promoting Canada’s bilingual character.
  • Inform branches, divisions and regional offices about linguistic duality and OLMCs and ensure they understand their responsibilities in this regard.
  • Keep the Statistics Canada regional coordinators responsible for implementing section 41 well informed of the many activities carried on by the agency in this area.
  • Encourage Statistics Canada analysts to take official languages into account in their studies.

Expected outcomes

  • Status Report and Action Plan made available to all Statistics Canada employees.
  • Information message from the official languages champion sent to all Statistics Canada employees to make them aware of OLMC needs and invite them to help achieve the objectives of the agency’s Action Plan.
  • Meetings of Statistics Canada's Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities attended by the regional coordinators for the implementation of section 41.
  • Presentation of Statistics Canada’s section 41 achievements at Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.
  • Articles on Statistics Canada’s section 41 achievements posted on the internal communications network.
  • Presentation of the Action Plan and the Status Report to Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee.
  • Sharing of information on the implementation of section 41 at meetings of Statistics Canada’s Subcommittee of Official Languages Coordinators.
  • Electronic version of issues of Canadian Heritage’s Bulletin 41-42 made available to Statistics Canada employees.
  • Making Statistics Canada survey managers aware of the situation and needs of OLMCs by attending meetings of the Interdepartmental Official Languages Research Committee.
  • Dissemination of articles on official languages or dealing with official language groups in Statistics Canada’s flagship publications.

Indicators to measure expected results

  • Variety of presentations and information sessions on OLMCs.
  • Increased participation by the regional coordinators responsible for implementing section 41.
  • Increased awareness of Statistics Canada’s employees and senior managers of OLMC needs.
  • Increased participation of key divisions in achieving the goals of Statistics Canada’s Action Plan.
 

B. Consultation (Sharing of ideas and information with OLMCs)

Expected result:
Establishment of long-term bonds between the federal institution and OLMCs; the institution and the OLMCs understand their respective needs and mandates

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Consultations with OLMC representatives to ensure that Statistics Canada’s goals for implementing section 41 take their priorities into account.
  • Create opportunities allowing OLMCs to make their needs as regards access to Statistics Canada services and products known.
  • Increase opportunities for discussions between OLMCs and Statistics Canada’s regional offices.

Expected outcomes

  • Participation in meetings coordinated by Canadian Heritage at the national level and in the regions to consult with departmental representatives on section 41.
  • Participation in various formal and informal consultations with OLMCs, arranged by central agencies and other departments.
  • Consultation activities with OLMCs regarding the development of Statistics Canada’s products and services.
  • Participation of OLMC representatives in Statistics Canada presentations that concern them as part of the activities of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Level of consideration and inclusion of the OLMCs in the development of Statistics Canada’s products and services.
  • Scope of OLMC participation in the consultation activities organized by Statistics Canada.
  • Level of participation of regional coordinators in consultation activities with OLMCs.
 

C. Communications (Transmission of information to OLMCs)

[External communications activities aimed at informing the OLMCs of the department’s/agency’s programs and policies and promoting Canada’s bilingual character; inclusion of OLMCs in all information and distribution lists; use of the federal institution’s website to communicate with OLMCs.]

Expected result:
The culture of the OLMCs reflects an increased understanding of the federal institution’s mandate; the OLMCs receive relevant and timely information on the federal institution’s programs and services.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Provide OLMCs with up-to-date information on Statistics Canada’s programs and services.
  • Provide OLMCs with information on Statistics Canada’s programs and services as well as statistical data on OLMCs through its website.
  • Communicate information on research projects and key surveys at thematic symposiums and conferences in which OLMC representatives take part.

Expected outcomes

  • Awareness of Head Office and regional office advisory services and communications staff of linguistic duality promotion and OLMC development issues.
  • Communication of information to OLMCs on Statistics Canada’s products and services, particularly in Canadian Heritage’s Bulletin 41-42.
  • Update of the CD-ROM “Portrait of official language communities in Canada” and publication of studies on various subjects of interest to OLMCs.
  • Update of the brochure “Information on Official Languages at Statistics Canada”.
  • Dissemination of an informational document on Statistics Canada surveys that include language variables.
  • Information sharing and presentation of papers at symposiums and forums on topics of interest to OLMCs.
  • Training workshops on Statistics Canada products.
  • Dissemination of data and information relevant to OLMCs on Statistics Canada’s website.

Indicators to measure expected results

  • Level of use of Statistics Canada’s products and services by OLMCs.
  • Level of satisfaction of OLMCs as regards the relevance and accessibility of the information available.
  • Number of events organized by OLMCs in which Statistics Canada takes part and at which analysis results are presented.
 

D. Coordination, liaison and research (does not include funding – internal coordination and liaison with other government institutions)

[Coordination activities (research, studies, meetings, etc.) carried on by the department/agency itself with other federal institutions or other levels of government; participation in activities organized by other federal departments, other levels of government, etc.; participation of official language champions, national and regional coordinators, etc., in various government forums.]

Expected result:
Collaboration with various partners to promote the development and enhance the vitality of OLMCs and share exemplary practices.

Main activities planned in order to achieve expected results

  • Consolidate and improve partnerships with certain key federal government departments and agencies.
  • Determine, in cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, the most important data needs and verify whether those needs can be met by finding new ways to use existing data.
  • Determine, in cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, official language minority research and analysis needs.
  • Establish partnerships with other federal, provincial and community departments and organizations to improve access to Census and SVOLM language data.

Expected outcomes

  • Participation in meetings of the network of national coordinators responsible for implementing section 41.
  • Communication of information at Coordination Committee on Official Language Research meetings.
  • Participation in meetings of the Interdepartmental Policy Committee chaired by Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Secretariat.
  • Participation in the official languages champions network.
  • Dissemination of the results of research on OLMCs at forums and symposiums and in Statistics Canada’s flagship publications or Canadian Heritage’s “New Canadian perspectives” series.
  • Development of research projects on the situation of official language minorities in partnership with government, university and community researchers.

Indicators to measure expected results

  • Number and type of partnerships established.
  • Number and type of research and analysis projects conducted.
  • Number and type of projects developed in partnership.
  • Number and type of presentations given and papers presented.
 

E. Accountability

[Activities through which the department/agency integrates its work implementing section 41 of the OLA with departmental planning and accountability mechanisms (e.g. plans and priorities report, departmental performance report, departmental business plan, progress report on implementing section 41 of the OLA, etc.); in-house evaluations and checks of programs and services; regular review of programs, services and policies by federal department/agency managers to ensure that section 41 of the OLA is being implemented.]

Expected result:
Full integration of section 41 of the OLA with the perspective of OLMCs into the federal institution’s policies, programs and services; accountability structure, in-house evaluations, policy reviews to determine how to better take account of OLMC viewpoints.

Main activities planned in order to achieve 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 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.
  • Continue to improve the mechanisms by which in-house evaluation of the linkage between the objectives of the Action Plan and regular activities through Statistics Canada’s Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities and Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee.

Expected outcomes

  • 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 Statistics Canada divisions take the objectives of the Action Plan for section 41 into account.

Indicators to measure expected results

  • Level of progress in the implementation of section 41 within Statistics Canada.
  • In-house evaluation of the Status Report.
 

Communication plan

Distribution list

  • National associations representing minority groups
  • 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

Statistics Canada Action Plan Web address:
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National Coordinator
Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistics Studies Division

Person in Charge
Paul Johanis
Assistant Chief Statistician

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