2008-2009 Annual Report on Results

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General information
Summary of the progress made by your institution in 2008–2009
Detailed report on results
Distribution list

General information

Federal institution

Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0T6

Web site

www.statcan.gc.ca

Minister responsible

The Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry

Senior official(s) responsible for implementation of section 41 of OLA

Janice Vézina
Official Languages Champion
Assistant Chief Statistician,
Corporate Services
100, Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Suite 26-P
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
(613) 951-9866

E-mail: janice.vezina@statcan.gc.ca

General mandate of federal institution

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
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
Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division
170, Tunney’s Pasture Driveway,
Jean-Talon bldg, 7-A6
Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 951-2315
E-mail: jean-pierre.corbeil@statcan.gc.ca

Regional coordinators

Ottawa

Sylvie Lafrenière
170, Tunney’s Pasture Driveway,
Jean-Talon bldg, 7-A6
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) 426-8596
E-mail: patricia.griffith@statcan.gc.ca

Denis Boudreau
200, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, Québec
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, 5ft floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M4
(416) 973-2673
E-mail: sylvie.chartrand-rafi@statcan.gc.ca

Western Region

Peter Liang
300, Georgia Street West
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 6C7
(604) 666-7107

E-mail: peter.liang@statcan.gc.ca

Summary of the progress made by your institution in 2008–2009

Within the scope of its activities, Statistics Canada (StatCan) has been active in informing Canadians about the official languages situation in Canada. Working closely with several partners from various federal departments and agencies, StatCan is actively involved in collecting and disseminating statistics on official language minorities. Thanks to the census and other key surveys of interest to official language minorities, such as the Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVOLM), Statistics Canada provides information that is useful for evaluating and developing official language policies and programs in Canada, and notably for the implementation of the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality. StatCan has made good use of a number of forums which it attended to promote the collection of relevant data and the use of quantitative data in research on official languages.

Summary by the following categories

Awareness

The Assistant Chief Statistician who is the Co-chair of the StatCan Official Languages Committee sent a message to all staff informing them of the needs of official language minority communities and asking them to contribute to reaching the objectives of the organization’s Action Plan.

Over the past year, the StatCan Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities, as well as the national coordinator responsible for implementation of section 41, played a key role in increasing employee awareness about the situation and needs of official language minorities. In addition, several presentations were made to senior management to inform them of StatCan’s main accomplishments, obligations and objectives regarding implementation of section 41.

Consultations

StatCan is pursuing consolidating and improving its current consultative and liaison program with minority language community representatives in an effort to continue to adequately meet their priority requirements for data and popularization of corresponding research and analysis results. Over the past year, StatCan has made good use of the many events in which it has participated throughout the country to consult minority language communities and respond to their needs.

Communications

Over the past year, the StatCan brochure “Information on Languages at Statistics Canada” which provides general information on the availability and the use of data on official language minorities, was updated and widely distributed.

The DVD-ROM “Portrait of Official-language Communities in Canada” which presents 2006 Census data of interest to official language minority groups was released in March 2009. Consultations with the main users led to certain improvements that make the DVD more user-friendly and increase its analytical potential.

Many presentations were made to various representatives of official language minority communities (OLMC) across the country to present the results of the SVOLM and the 2006 Census that relate to their needs and priorities.

Coordination and liaison

In cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, StatCan is identifying needs for new data and is looking to find new ways to use existing data to address the concerns of official language minorities. It is also identifying research and analysis opportunities that address the needs of the official language minorities, and foster implementation through partnerships.

There were a number of meetings over the past year with association, university and government representatives regarding the dissemination and analysis of the SVOLM microdata file.

StatCan continues to provide information on the SVOLM and other key surveys at the meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research. Based on the findings of the Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues that was held in January 2008, StatCan is working with the group that is headed by the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities to analyse SVOLM data.

Accountability

The 2007-2008 Status Report and the Action Plan were widely disseminated, especially among national minority group associations, the Commissioner of Official Languages, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages. The Status Report and the Action Plan were presented to the members of the StatCan Official Languages Committee. During the past year, through its Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities, as well as its Official Languages Committee, StatCan ensured that it would continue to improve the mechanisms by which it internally evaluates the link between the objectives contained in the Action Plan and its regular activities.

Detailed report on results

  1. 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 OLMC; senior manager performance contracts and recognition programs; consideration of the viewpoints of OLMC in research, studies and investigations carried out in-house.]

    Expected result

    Creation of lasting changes in federal institution organizational culture; employees and management are aware of and understand their responsibilities regarding section 41 of the Official Languages Act and OLMC.

    Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

    • Disseminate information regarding the Action Plan and the Status Report.
    • Inform middle managers in key divisions of the needs of the OLMC.
    • Inform branches, divisions and the regional offices of linguistic duality and OLMC, and ensure that they understand their related responsibilities.
    • Encourage StatCan analysts to take into account official languages in their analyses.
    • Inform employees of the diverse realities of the Canadian Francophonie.

    Outputs

    • Status Report and Action Plan sent to all StatCan employees.
    • The Status Report  and the 2008-2011 Action Plan were moved on the Intranet site for easier access and higher visibility for StatCan employees.
    • An information message from the Co-chair of the Official Languages Committee to all StatCan employees to make them aware of the needs of the OLMC and invite them to help in reaching the objectives of the Bureau’s Action Plan.
    • Organizing activities for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, notably an Official Languages information booth in Vancouver and a presentation on “The Diversity of the Canadian Francophonie.”  The slide show from the presentation is disseminated on StatCan’s Internet and the Intranet websites.
    • Meetings of the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.
    • Presentation during the Data Interpretation Workshop, a workshop for new StatCan analysts. The linguistic aspect is included in the presentation on statistical analysis and public policies.
    • Bulletin 41-42 is distributed to the members of the Official Languages Committee, the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities, and to the official languages coordinators.

    Progress made in achieving the expected result

    • Increased awareness of StatCan employees and senior managers about the situation of OLMC and the Bureau’s responsibilities under section 41.
    • Increased participation of key divisions in reaching the objectives of the StatCan Action Plan.
    • Including linguistic variables in published StatCan analyses (e.g.: sports participation in Canada, and Canadian mortality follow-up study).
       
  2. CONSULTATIONS (Sharing of ideas and information with OLMC)
    [Activities (e.g. committees, discussions and meetings) through which the federal institution consults the OLMC 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 cooperation within the existing mandate of the federal institution or as part of developing a new program or new policy; participation in consultations with OLMC coordinated by other government bodies; consultation of OLMC by regional offices to determine their concerns and needs.]

    Expected result:

    Creation of lasting relationships between the federal institution and OLMC; federal institution and OLMC understand each other's needs and mandates.

    Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

    • Participate in the meetings of the national coordinators for section 41.
    • Participate in meetings with OLMC associations regarding their needs and concerns.
    • Consult minority associations on their needs for analytical products based on StatCan data.

    Outputs

    • Participate and exchange information with OLMC during meetings organized by community organizations and national, provincial and regional associations (e.g.:  Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique, English-speaking Communities Network, National Human Resources Development Committee for the English Linguistic Minority Community in Québec).
    • Presentation on Francophone literacy in the Atlantic region, and consultation of participants in this regard.
    • Exchange of information with education groups in minority situations (ACELF, FCFA, FCAF).
    • Exchange of information with representatives of OLMC at workshops on the immigration challenges facing minority communities ( Société nationale de l’Acadie and Métropolis).
    • Participation by official language minority representatives and the research sector in the training workshop on using the SVOLM database.
    • Consultation meetings with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) on their statistical data requirements.
    • Participating in meetings of the National Committee of Economic Development and Employability.
    • Presentation to the Symposium 1969-2009, Official Languages Act of Canada: 40-year retrospective organised by the Association of Canadian Studies.

    Progress made in achieving the expected result

    • Significant improvement of StatCan’s program of consultation and liaison with representatives of linguistic minority communities to learn more about their priority data requirements and to provide them with assistance in terms of knowledge and access to relevant statistics.
    • Increased contacts with representatives of community groups.
    • Greater user familiarity with the SVOLM database.
    • Increased knowledge among data users of the information that is available on official language minorities.
       
  3. COMMUNICATIONS (Transmission of information to OLMC)
    [External communications activities to inform OLMC about the activities, programs and policies of the federal institution and to promote the bilingual character of Canada; inclusion of OLMC in all information and distribution lists; use of the federal institution's Web site to communicate with OLMC.]

    Expected result:

    OLMC culture reflects a broad understanding of the federal institution's mandate; OLMC receive up-to-date and relevant information about the federal institution's programs and services (P&S).

    Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

    • Communicate information on Statistics Canada’s programs and services.
    • Communicate information on research projects and on key surveys at symposia and theme-specific conferences in which OLMC representatives participate.

    Outputs

    • The 2008-2011 Action Plan and the Status Report are sent electronically to Francophone community associations outside Quebec, and Anglophone community associations within Quebec.
    • Publication of short articles in Canadian Heritage Bulletin 41-42.
    • Update and dissemination of the DVD “Portrait of Official -language Communities in Canada”, 2006 Census.
    • Update and disseminate the “Information on Languages at Statistics Canada” brochure.
    • Workshop on using SVOLM data.
    • Dissemination of a study on bilingualism among youth, produced in collaboration with PCH.
    • Dissemination of census data on official language communities on the StatCan website
    • Presentations made at various forums on OLMC topics: seminar of the Réseau de la recherche sur la francophonie canadienne (RRFC) at the convention of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS); the annual general meeting of the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique; the Forum atlantique sur l’alphabétisation francophone; the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires; the national convention of the Société Nationale de l’Acadie; the Métropolis national pre-convention.

    Progress made in achieving the expected result

    • OLMC are better informed of new products and publications that can be of particular interest.
    • The many presentations on the SVOLM and the results of various research efforts to the OLMC representatives and the various federal and provincial partners resulted in disseminating information on StatCan’s research projects and key on-going surveys.
    • Increased number of requests for presentations on OLMC and participation in seminars, conferences, consultations, etc.
       
  4. 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.]

    Expected result:

    Co-operation with multiple partners to enhance OLMC development and vitality and to share best practices.

    Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

    • Communicate information within the context of CCOLR meetings.
    • Participate in consultations; provide statistical advice and information to federal government partners.
    • Hold information meetings and discussions on the development and production 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 utilization of SVOLM and census data.

    Outputs

    • Participate in CCOLR meetings chaired by the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Secretariat.
    • Consultation sessions on SVOLM with Official Languages Commissioner staff.
    • Cooperate with seven SVOLM partners to produce tables taken from the survey data.
    • Produced and disseminated an analysis report on health professionals and official language minorities, in partnership with Health Canada using census data.
    • Participated in National Coordinators meetings on section 41 organized by Canadian Heritage.
    • Participated in the Réseau de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne.
    • StatCan participated in the National Committee of Economic Development and Employability and the National Human Resources Development Committee for, respectively, the Francophone and Anglophone minority communities.
    • Presentation to the Committee of Assistant Deputy Ministers on Official Languages of a partnership project between StatCan and the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Secretariat.

    Progress made in achieving the expected result

    • Creation of the SVOLM led to consolidating and improving partnerships with certain key federal government departments and organizations.
    • Dissemination of the results of research work to representatives of key federal government departments and organizations presented the many possibilities for analysis of data from the census and selected key StatCan surveys.
    • Presentations made by StatCan within the context of meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research have demonstrated the many possibilities for analysis that can be used to serve OLMC interests and report on the country’s linguistic duality.
       
  5. 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.]

    Expected result:

    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 OLMC’ perspective.

    Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

    • Meet with senior management to keep them informed of activities and action taken to implement section 41 at StatCan.
    • Consult StatCan’s federal government partners, universities, and community associations to ensure that activities are relevant.
    • Evaluate internally the linking of objectives contained in the Action Plan with regular activities through the StatCan Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.

    Outputs

    • Presented the Status Report and the Action Plan to StatCan Official Languages Committee members.
    • Organized several meetings and participated in numerous seminars with StatCan partners regarding SVOLM and other key StatCan surveys.
    • Meetings of the StatCan Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities to share information and ensure that key StatCan divisions take into account the objectives of the section 41 action plan.

    Progress made in achieving the expected result

    • Increased awareness and support of senior managers regarding StatCan’s achievements for implementation of Section.
    • Integrating StatCan’s responsibilities and obligations for implementation of Section in the Bureau’s long term planning process.
    • Positive feedback on StatCan’s efforts at better informing Canadians on certain key aspects of the vitality of OLMC.

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
  • Clerk of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages
  • Clerk of the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages

Web address of Statistics Canada’s Status Report: www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/about/41

National Coordinator

Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistic Studies Division

Senior Project Officer

Janice Vézina
Assistant Chief Statistician
Corporate Services

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