Results-based action plan Implementation of section 41 of the official languages act 2011–2014

General information and period covered

Federal government institution

Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6

Web site

Minister responsible

The Honourable Christian Paradis
Minister of Industry

Senior official(s) responsible for the implementation of section 41 of the OLA (e.g. Assistant Deputy Minister or Official Languages Champion)

Louis Marc Ducharme
Assistant Chief Statistician
Business and Trade Statistics
Official Languages Champion
R.H. coats Building, 26th Floor, Section N
100 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
613-951-0688
E-mail: LouisMarc.Ducharme@statcan.gc.ca

Sylvie DuPont
Official Languages Co-Champion
Main Building, Room 2709
150, Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
613-951-9651
Courriel : sylvie.dupont@statcan.gc.ca

General mandate of federal institution (4 to 5 lines—this summary of the mandate will be published in the Annual Report on Official Languages tabled in Parliament)

StatCan’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 StatCan to produce data for a wide variety of purposes.

National coordinator responsible for implementation of section 41

François Nault
Director
Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division
Jean Talon Building, 7th Floor
170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
613-951-9039
E-mail: Francois.Nault@statcan.gc.ca

Assistant national coordinator

Jean-Pierre Corbeil
Chief Specialist
Language Statistics Section
Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division
Jean Talon Building, 7th Floor
170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
613-951-2315
E-mail: Jean-Pierre.Corbeil@statcan.gc.ca

Regional coordinators

Brigitte Chavez
Jean Talon Building, 7th Floor
170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6
613-951-1593
E-mail: Brigitte.Chavez@statcan.gc.ca

Eastern Region

Sarah Cassidy
1888 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2G7
902-426-4881
E-mail: Sarah.Cassidy@statcan.gc.ca

Diane Blanchette
200 René-Lévesque Boulevard West
Montréal, Quebec H2Z 1X4
514-283-4218
E-mail: Diane.Blanchette@statcan.gc.ca

Central Region

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

Western Region

Claudia Alvarado
10158 103rd  Street NW, suite 300
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0X6
780-495-5542
E-mail: Claudia.Alvarado@statcan.gc.ca

Period covered by the action plan

2011-2014

Summary of the Main Progress Expected from 2011 to 2014

In carrying out its activities, StatCan (StatCan) will continue its efforts to contribute actively to informing Canadians about the situation of official languages and official language minority communities (OLMCs) in Canada. In close cooperation with representatives of Canadian Heritage’s OLS and other key federal government departments and agencies, StatCan will regularly consult with data users and will continue to provide support and significant cooperation to them in OLMCs, universities, and federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies. With its census, National Household Survey (NHS), Survey on the Vitality of Official-Language Minorities (SVOLM) and other key surveys of interest to official language minorities, StatCan will be able to provide the information required to monitor and evaluate the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013 and provide support to partners for the planning of the five-year “post-Roadmap” period. Also, in partnership with the OLS and other key federal government departments and agencies, StatCan 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

    Canada’s Chief Statistician sends an annual message to staff to raise their awareness of the needs of official language minority communities and of the benefits and value of Canada’s linguistic duality in the workplace. He also invites them to help achieve the objectives in the Agency’s Action Plan.

    The new Coordinating Committee on Language Statistics (CCLS), created in 2011 at StatCan, will play an important role between 2011 and 2014 in raising staff awareness of the situation and needs of official language minorities and of the importance of better identifying the multiple dimensions of Canada’s linguistic duality. This committee is made up of representatives of the key divisions that develop surveys of particular interest to official language minorities and study the various dimensions of Canada’s linguistic duality. Its mandate is to promote and facilitate information sharing at StatCan concerning statistics on official languages and official language minorities, to encourage analysts to take official languages into account in their studies and to improve partnerships between the Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division and divisions that may play a key role in implementing section 41 at StatCan.
  • Consultations

    StatCan will continue consolidating and improving its present program of consultation and liaison with linguistic minority community representatives to become more aware of their priority data needs. Furthermore, the Agency intends to increase the number of opportunities for discussion with community representatives to find innovative ways to meet their information needs. In each region, an Advisory Services staff member acts as regional coordinator for the implementation of section 41. The StatCan head office will continue providing active support to the regional coordinators and strengthen partnerships between the head office and the regional offices to achieve StatCan objectives regarding section 41.
  • Communications

    In addition to providing information on its language statistics products and services, StatCan intends to continue and increase its research results popularization activities with associations to make it easier for them to access statistical information that may be of interest to OLMCs. Given the great interest generated by the release of the detailed statistical portraits of francophones in Ontario and the territories, and the anglophones in Quebec, StatCan will continue to release other analysis reports on francophones in other provinces and participate in numerous forums to share report highlights. The 2011-2014 period will be particularly important because language data from the 2011 Census will be published in the fall of 2012 and data from the National Household Survey in 2013. StatCan will participate in numerous forums to communicate and disseminate the results of analyses of those data.
  • Coordination and liaison

    In cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, StatCan will identify needs for new data and continue its efforts to discover innovative ways to use existing data to address the concerns of official language minorities. In response to government-wide budget cutbacks, StatCan will continue and emphasize efforts made in 2010-2011 in partnership with certain federal departments to develop an integrated analysis strategy for studying the situation of Canada’s OLMCs. That approach differs from “piecemeal analysis strategies” and avoids the duplication of research initiatives by the various departments and agencies in the federal government. By exploring the best ways to use existing data and data from new sources, StatCan will continue to play a leading role and provide active support to its partners to help them find answers to questions of public policy on official languages.

    StatCan will continue to promote the importance of partnerships with other federal government departments and agencies in conducting studies and research on Canada’s linguistic duality and the situation of official language minorities. Based on the major findings of the National symposium on research in the field of official languages to be held on August 31 and September 1 in Ottawa, StatCan, in partnership with Canadian Heritage’s OLS 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 Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013.
  • Accountability

    The Annual Report on Results 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 StatCan, those documents are made available electronically to all staff via the Internal Communications Network. The Annual Report on Results and the Action Plan are presented to senior managers, including the Official Languages Champion, to keep them informed of StatCan’s section 41 implementation activities and actions.

    StatCan will continue consultations with federal government, academic and association partners to ensure the relevance of the Agency’s research and data collection activities pertaining to the situation of OLMCs and to key dimensions of Canada’s linguistic duality.

    StatCan will continue its efforts to ensure that, in the spirit of section 41 and in accordance with its mandate, the Annual Report on Results reflects the concrete actions taken to enhance the vitality of Canada’s English and French minorities and support their development. As well, through the CCLS, StatCan will continue to improve the mechanisms for in-house evaluation of the linkage between the objectives of the Action Plan and its regular activities.
A. AWARENESS (In-house activities)
[Training, information, orientation, awareness, communication and other activities carried out in-house in order to educate employees and/or senior managers of the federal institution about linguistic duality and the priorities of OLMCs; senior manager performance contracts and recognition programs; consideration of the viewpoints of OLMCs in research, studies and investigations carried out in-house]
Activities planned to achieve the expected result

What activities will be carried out in the period covered? What will be done?
Expected outputs

What products or services will come from the activities carried out in the period covered?
Indicators to measure progress in achieving the expected result

What information will be used to show progress in achieving the result above? How will that change be shown and measured?
Expected result
Disseminate information on the main achievements in implementing section 41.

Inform senior and middle managers from divisions involved in data collection and analysis about OLMC needs.

Raise staff awareness of StatCan’s responsibilities toward official language minorities and Canada’s linguistic duality.
Annual message from the Chief Statistician to all StatCan employees to make them aware of linguistic duality and the needs of Canada’s official language minorities and to encourage them to help StatCan achieve its Action Plan objectives for the implementation of section 41.

Presentation to the Chief Statistician and the Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Statistics, of the Annual Report on Results and the StatCan objectives for the implementation of section 41.

Sending of intranet and Internet links to the Agency’s Annual Report on Results and three-year action plan for implementing section 41.

Information sharing and cooperation among members of the CCLS to achieve Action Plan objectives and find innovative ways to meet the needs of Canada’s official language minorities and federal government partners responsible for official languages.

Message from the Official Languages Champion to all StatCan employees inviting them to participate in Rendez-vous de la Francophonie activities.

Distribution of Bulletin 41-42 to CCLS members and official languages coordinators.

Thematic presentations on the situation of Canada’s official language minorities and the multiple dimensions of Canada’s linguistic duality as part of the Rendez-vous de la francophonie.
Increased awareness among StatCan employees and senior managers of the situation of OLMCs, the benefits and value of Canada’s linguistic duality, and the Agency’s obligations with regard to section 41.

Through the CCLS, increased participation by key divisions in the achievement of StatCan’s Action Plan objectives, particularly in analysis and data collection work.

Increased employee awareness of the needs of OLMCs for statistical information and non-technical analysis documents published by StatCan.
Creation of lasting changes in organizational culture of the federal institution; all employees and managers recognize and understand their responsibilities regarding section 41 of the Official Languages Act and OLMCs.
B.  CONSULTATIONS (Sharing of ideas and information with OLMCs)
[Activities (e.g. committees, discussions and meetings) through which the federal institution consults the OLMCs and interacts with them to identify their needs and priorities or to understand potential impacts on their development; activities (e.g. round tables and working groups) to explore possibilities for co-operation within the existing mandate of the federal institution or as part of developing a new program or new policy; participation in consultations with OLMCs coordinated by other government bodies; consultation of OLMCs by regional offices to determine their concerns and needs]
Activities planned to achieve the expected result

What activities will be carried out in the period covered? What will be done?
Expected outputs

What products or services will come from the activities carried out in the period covered?
Indicators to measure progress in achieving the expected result

What information will be used to show progress in achieving the result above? How will that change be shown and measured?
Expected result
Attend meetings with representatives of official language minority associations to discuss their needs and concerns regarding StatCan data and analytical products.

Attend consultation meetings of the national coordinators for the implementation of section 41.

Consult OLMCs on their needs at symposia and conferences on the situation of official language minorities.

Consider the viewpoints of OLMC representatives in new research and data collection initiatives.
Regular attendance at meetings of national coordinators for section 41 in the National Capital Region and annual meetings in the regions with OLMC representatives.

Attendance at a number of meetings organized by community organizations and national, provincial and regional associations, e.g. the AGM of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and the AGM of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada (FCFA).

Scheduling of regular meetings with OLMC representatives to develop research partnerships and data collection strategies regarding the situation of official language minorities.

Exchange of information between StatCan regional office staff and OLMC representatives (e.g. Ontario’s Office of Francophone Affairs, the Centre francophone de Toronto, francophone representatives from the Maritimes and the QCGN).
Increased number of contacts and increased discussion with community groups.

Recognition from OLMC representatives of the importance of partnerships with StatCan and the relevance of the Agency’s activities to addressing their concerns and needs.

Increased consideration and incorporation of OLMC needs and concerns in StatCan’s data collection process and research and analysis projects.
Creation of lasting relationships between the federal institution and OLMCs; federal institution and OLMCs understand each other’s needs and mandates.
C. COMMUNICATIONS (Transmission of information to OLMCs)
[External communications activities to inform OLMCs about the activities, programs and policies of the federal institution and to promote the bilingual character of Canada; inclusion of OLMCs in all information and distribution lists; use of the federal institution's website to communicate with OLMCs]
Activities planned to achieve the expected result

What activities will be carried out in the period covered? What will be done?
Expected outputs

What products or services will come from the activities carried out in the period covered?
Indicators to measure progress in achieving the expected result

What information will be used to show progress in achieving the result above? How will that change be shown and measured?
Expected result
Produce data and analyses on official language minorities.
Provide information about official language minorities to StatCan data users.

Disseminate information about StatCan’s programs and services.

Provide information about research projects and key surveys at topical conferences and symposia attended by OLMC representatives.

Communicate information on the various ways of using, analyzing and presenting existing statistical data to meet specific OLMC needs.
Distribution of electronic copies of the Annual Report on Results for the implementation of section 41 to national, provincial and other associations that work with francophones outside Quebec and anglophones in Quebec.

Release of detailed analytical portraits on the situation of francophones in New Brunswick and the Atlantic provinces, Alberta and the Prairies. Numerous presentations dealing with the results of those portraits to representatives of those minority groups.

Numerous presentations at various forums on topics of interest to OLMCs.

Presentations to OLMC representatives and discussions on strategies for research and data collection pertaining to official languages and linguistic duality.
Greater awareness among OLMCs of new products and publications that may be of particular interest to them.

Increased number of requests for presentations on OLMCs and of invitations to seminars, conferences, consultations, etc.

Greater awareness among data users of the existing information on official language minorities.

A greater number of discussions and forums organized by OLMCs in which the importance and relevance of work done by StatCan are pointed out.
OLMC culture reflects a broad understanding of the federal institution’s mandate; OLMCs receive up-to-date and relevant information about the federal institution’s programs and services.
D. COORDINATION AND LIAISON
(Does not include funding—internal coordination and liaison with other government institutions)
[Coordination activities (research, studies, meetings, etc.) carried out by the federal institution itself along with other federal institutions or other orders of government; participation in activities organized by other federal institutions, other orders of government, etc.; participation of official languages champions, national and regional coordinators, and others in various government forums]
Activities planned to achieve the expected result

What activities will be carried out in the period covered? What will be done?
Expected outputs

What products or services will come from the activities carried out in the period covered?
Indicators to measure progress in achieving the expected result

What information will be used to show progress in achieving the result above? How will that change be shown and measured?
Expected result
Participate in consultations and give advice and expert opinions to federal government partners on language statistics and official languages.

Hold information and discussion meetings on the development and implementation of key StatCan surveys.

Disseminate results of research on official language minorities.

Organize meetings with representatives of various federal government departments and agencies to establish research partnerships for better use of data from the census, SVOLM, NHS and other key StatCan surveys.

Strengthen the cooperation between StatCan and departments involved in the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013 to develop an integrated strategy and long-term plan for research on official languages and linguistic duality.
Presentation of information, summary documents, research proposals, and strategies for analysis and data collection pertaining to official languages and linguistic duality, to support the work done by departments involved in the Roadmap. The presentations should be given at meetings of the Interdepartmental Policy Committee and the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research, both chaired by Canadian Heritage’s OLS.

Active participation as a member of the organizing committee for the Symposium on Research in the field official languages chaired by the OLS to be held in Ottawa on August 31 and September 1, 2011.

Presentations on StatCan research results.

Participation in symposia, conferences and roundtables organized by federal government departments and agencies.

Active participation in the Interdepartmental Research Committee on Community Economic Development of OLMCs chaired by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

Completion and publication of detailed statistical portraits of  OLMCs. These analysis reports are produced with financial support from Canadian Heritage’s OLS, HRSDC and the Department of Justice Canada.

Completion of a detailed analysis document on the status of official language minorities with respect to adult literacy and skills on the basis of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies Survey that will be conducted in early 2012.

Release of a study paper on an integrated, long-term strategy for data collection and research on official languages and linguistic duality, to support the development of programs and public policy in those areas.
Increased recognition of StatCan’s contribution to the thought process for data collection and research issues in the area of official languages and linguistic duality.

Stable, sustainable funding for the activities of StatCan’s Language Statistics Section during the “post-Roadmap” period.

Given the leading role that StatCan plays in informing Canadians on the situation of OLMCs, official languages and the people who use them, the next federal government action plan on official languages should include StatCan among the departments and agencies that the plan targets.

Development, in co-operation with StatCan, of an integrated strategy for data collection and research on official languages and linguistic duality by all departments and agencies involved in the Roadmap as an integral part of the performance evaluation process of the federal government’s official language initiatives.
Co-operation with multiple partners to enhance OLMC development and vitality and to share best practices.
E. ACCOUNTABILITY
[Activities through which the federal institution integrates its work on the implementation of section 41 of the OLA into departmental planning and accountability mechanisms (e.g. report on plans and priorities, departmental performance report, departmental business plan and status report on implementation of section 41 of the OLA); internal audits and evaluations of programs and services; regular review of programs and services as well as policies by senior managers of the federal institution to ensure implementation of section 41 of the OLA]
Activities planned to achieve the expected result

What activities will be carried out in the period covered? What will be done?
Expected outputs

What products or services will come from the activities carried out in the period covered?
Indicators to measure progress in achieving the expected result

What information will be used to show progress in achieving the result above? How will that change be shown and measured?
Expected result
Meet with senior managers to keep them informed of StatCan’s section 41 implementation activities and actions.

Consult StatCan’s federal government, academic and association partners to ascertain the relevance of the Agency’s research and data collection activities pertaining to the situation of OLMCs and to key dimensions of Canada’s linguistic duality.

Carry out an internal evaluation of the consistency between the Action Plan’s objectives and StatCan’s regular activities through the CCLS.
Presentation to the Chief Statistician, the Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Statistics, and StatCan’s Official Languages Champion of the Annual Report on Results and the three-year action plan for 2011-2014.

Organization of several meetings and attendance of numerous seminars with StatCan’s partners to discuss their needs and concerns.

Meetings of the CCLS to share information and ensure that key divisions take into account the Action Plan’s objectives for section 41.
Increased awareness and support from senior management regarding StatCan’s achievements in implementing section 41.

Incorporation of StatCan’s responsibilities and obligations with respect to the implementation of section 41 into its long-term planning process.

Positive feedback on StatCan’s efforts to provide Canadians with more information about key aspects of the vitality of OLMCs.
Full integration of the OLMC perspective and section 41 of the OLA into the federal institution’s policies, programs and services; the reporting structure, internal evaluations and policy reviews determine how to better integrate OLMCs’ perspective.

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 StatCan managers and employees
  • Clerk of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages
  • Clerk of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

StatCan's 2009–2010 Annual Report on Results

National Coordinator
François Nault
Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division

Senior Project Officer
Louis Marc Ducharme
Assistant Chief Statistician
Business and Trade Statistics
Official Languages Champion

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