Annual report on results Implementation of section 41 of the official languages act 2009-2010

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General information

Federal institution

Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6

Web site

 

Minister responsible

The Honourable Tony Clement
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)

Wayne Smith
Assistant Chief Statistician
Business and Trade Statistics Field
Official Languages Champion
100 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Room 26-P
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-9493
E-mail: wayne.smith@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)

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

Jane Badets
Director
Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division
613-951-2561
E-mail: jane.badets@statcan.gc.ca

Assistant national coordinator

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

Regional coordinators

Brigitte Chavez
170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, 7th Floor
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

Denis Boudreau
200 René-Lévesque Boulevard West
Montréal, 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

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

Summary of the main progress made by Statistics Canada in 2009–2010

Through its activities, Statistics Canada (StatCan) actively contributed to informing Canadians about the official languages situation in Canada. Working closely with many partners from various federal departments and agencies, StatCan plays an active role in collecting and disseminating statistics on official language minorities. With its census and other key surveys of interest to official language minorities, such as the Survey on the Vitality of Official-Language Minorities (SVOLM), StatCan provides information that is useful for evaluating and developing official language policies and programs in Canada, in particular for implementing and evaluating the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality. StatCan took advantage of the many forums it attended to promote the collection of relevant data and the use of quantitative data in research on official languages and to consult its partners and data users.

Awareness

The Chief Statistician sent a message to all staff informing them of the needs of official language minority communities (OLMCs) and asking them to help StatCan reaching the objectives of its Action Plan.

Over the past year, StatCan’s Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities and the national coordinator responsible for the implementation of section 41 played a key role in increasing employee awareness of the situation and needs of official language minorities. Many messages were sent to all StatCan employees by the Chief Statistician and the Official Languages Champion informing them of the importance of the language dimension in surveys and analyses and encouraging them to attend special events. There was also significant participation by regional offices and key divisions in information activities organized by StatCan and other federal departments and agencies.

Consultations

StatCan continues to strengthen and improve its current program of consultation and liaison with minority language community representatives in order to keep meeting their priority needs for data of interest to them and for accessible research and analysis results. Over the past year, its participation in various meetings, discussions and events allowed StatCan to consult with linguistic minorities in order to better identify and meet their needs.

Communications

In addition to articles, StatCan produced and published many important analytical reports over the past year, including a reference document entitled Statistics Canada Data Sources on Official-Language Minorities, a detailed statistical portrait of Ontario Francophones, an analytical report on the French-speaking immigrant population outside Quebec and the monograph Languages in Canada: 2006 Census.

A great number of presentations were made in various forums, symposia and conferences on language, official languages and official language minority communities.

Coordination and liaison

In cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, StatCan is identifying needs for new data and is making every effort to find new ways of using existing data to address the concerns of official language minorities. It is also identifying research and analysis opportunities that address the needs of official language minorities, and it is seeking partnerships to take advantage of those opportunities.

During the past year, StatCan participated actively in a number of interdepartmental committees (Interdepartmental Policy Committee, Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research, Interdepartmental Research Committee on the Economic Development of OLMCs), roundtables and research groups. Many StatCan papers were presented at meetings of these bodies.

Various partnerships with federal government departments and agencies (Health Canada, Canadian Heritage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Industry Canada) resulted in the publication of numerous analytical reports. StatCan also attended and presented papers at many symposia and conferences organized by different federal departments and agencies.

Accountability

The 2008-2009 Status Reportand the Action Planwere widely distributed and were sent to, among others, national minority group associations, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages. The Status Reportand Action Planwere presented to the Chief Statistician and the members of StatCan’s Official Languages Committee. During the past year, through its Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities and its Official Languages Committee, StatCan ensured that key divisions take into account the Action Plan objectives with respect to the implementation of section 41.

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 carried out to achieve the expected result

What activities were carried out during the reporting year? What was done?
Outputs

What products or services came from the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Progress made in achieving the expected result

What has changed as a result of the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Expected result
Encouraged StatCan analysts to take official languages into account in their analyses.

Disseminated information regarding the 2008-2009 Status Report.

Informed senior and middle managers from divisions involved in data collection and analysis of OLMC needs.

Informed employees of StatCan’s responsibilities toward official language minorities.
Message from the Chief Statistician to all StatCan employees 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 2008-2009 Status Report and the objectives for the implementation of section 41.

Message from the Chief Statistician to Agency analysts asking them to take the linguistic dimension into account, when relevant, in analyses conducted by StatCan and encouraging the introduction of linguistic variables in surveys of interest to OLMCs.

Sending of Intranet and Internet links to the Agency’s Status Report and triennial Action Plan for section 41 to all employees.

Numerous meetings of the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.

Active participation by regional office representatives in the activities of the StatCan Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.

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

Message from the Official Languages Champion encouraging all employees to visit the exhibit marking the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act.

Distribution of Bulletin 41-42 to the members of the Official Languages Committee and the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities, and to official languages coordinators.

Attendance, by representatives of the Centre for Education Statistics, of conferences and roundtables on official language minority education and curricula and on second language learning in Canada.

Attendance, by representatives of Health Statistics Division, of a scientific conference on official language minorities and health.

Training of StatCan employees on the DVD Portrait of Official Language-Communities in Canada, 2006 Census.
Inclusion of linguistic variables in analyses published by StatCan (e.g. Retail and Customer Service in French).

Increased awareness among StatCan employees and senior managers of the situation of OLMCs and the Agency’s obligations under section 41.

Increased participation by key divisions in the achievement of StatCan’s Action Plan objectives.

Increased participation in Rendez-vous de la Francophonie activities across the Agency and in the regions.
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 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 cooperation 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 carried out to achieve the expected result

What activities were carried out during the reporting year? What was done?
Outputs

What products or services came from the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Progress made in achieving the expected result

What has changed as a result of the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Expected result
Attended meetings with representatives of official language minority associations to discuss their needs and concerns regarding StatCan data and analytical products.

Attended consultation meetings of the national coordinators for section 41.

Consulted OLMCs on their needs at symposia and conferences on the situation of official language minorities.
Regular attendance of meetings of national coordinators for section 41 in the National Capital Region.

Attendance of various meetings organized by community organizations and national, provincial and regional associations (e.g. the Quebec Community Groups Network [QCGN], the Société Santé en français, Ontario French-language school boards) and exchange of information with OLMC representatives during these meetings.

Discussions and exchange of information with leaders of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA) and the QCGN at a special meeting of the Interdepartmental Policy Committee, chaired by Canadian Heritage.

Exchange of information between StatCan regional office staff and OLMC representatives (Ontario’s Office of Francophone Affairs, the Centre francophone de Toronto and TFO) and discussions on OLMC needs and priorities with respect to the organization and delivery of training workshops on the use of the DVD Portrait of Official-Language Communities in Canada, 2006 Census.

Attendance of meetings of the National Committee of Economic Development and Employability.

Exchange of information and discussions regarding the needs of OLMC representatives at a Health Canada conference on research in the field of health and official language minorities and a Canadian Heritage conference on Francophone minority education.
Increased number of contacts with community group representatives.

Better understanding of the data needs of users and official language minorities.

Consideration and incorporation of OLMC needs and concerns in StatCan’s research and analysis projects.

Greater use of the SVOLM database and the DVD Portrait of Official-Language Communities in Canada, 2006 Census.
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 Web site to communicate with OLMCs.]
Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

What activities were carried out during the reporting year? What was done?
Outputs

What products or services came from the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Progress made in achieving the expected result

What has changed as a result of the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Expected result
Produced data and analyses on official language minorities.

Provided information about official language minorities to StatCan data users.

Provided information about StatCan’s programs and services.

Provided information about research projects and key surveys at topical conferences and symposia attended by OLMC representatives.
Distribution of the Status Report in its electronic form to national, provincial and other associations who work with Francophones outside Quebec and Anglophones in Quebec.

Publication of short articles in Canadian Heritage’s Bulletin 41‑42.

Publication of the reference document Statistics Canada Data Sources on Official-Language Minorities.

Publication of a detailed statistical portrait of Ontario’s Francophones.

Publication of an analytical report on the French-speaking immigrant population outside Quebec (1991-2006) and related extension activities.

Production of the monograph Languages in Canada: 2006 Census (forthcoming).

Presentations at various forums on topics of interest to OLMCs: a seminar by the Réseau de la recherche sur la francophonie canadienne (RRFC) at the ACFAS convention (immigration, culture, etc.); a conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics; a Health Canada symposium on health and official language minorities; a conference on research regarding official language minority education and curricula in Canada.

Presentations on the status of Ontario Francophones with regard to education, demography and the French-speaking immigrant population for representatives of Ontario’s French-language school boards at the request of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Two presentations at a conference organized by the Association for Canadian Studies for the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Official Languages Act.
Greater awareness among OLMCs of new products and publications that may be of particular interest to them.

Dissemination of information about current StatCan research projects and key surveys through presentations on census data, SVOLM data and the results of various research studies to OLMC representatives and federal and provincial partners.

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

Greater awareness among data users of the available information on official language minorities.
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 carried out to achieve the expected result

What activities were carried out during the reporting year? What was done?
Outputs

What products or services came from the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Progress made in achieving the expected result

What has changed as a result of the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Expected result
Participated in consultations; provided statistical advice and information to federal government partners.

Held information meetings and discussions on the development and implementation of key StatCan surveys.

Disseminated results of research on official language minorities.

Organized meetings with representatives of various federal government departments and agencies to establish research partnerships for better utilization of SVOLM and census data.

Attendance of meetings of the Interdepartmental Policy Committee and the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research, both chaired by Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Secretariat; presentations and provision of information during these meetings.

Presentations on the results of research studies based on census and SVOLM data. Participation in symposia, conferences and roundtables organized by federal government departments and agencies (Health Canada, Canadian Heritage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada).

Partnership with Canadian Heritage to provide training to association representatives on the DVD Portrait of Official Language-Communities in Canada, 2006 Census.

Partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to produce a detailed analytical report entitled Statistical Portrait of the French-Speaking Immigrant Population Outside Quebec (1991 to 2006).

Presentation of the above-mentioned analytical report to members of the Implementation Committee and the FrancophoneMinority Communities Steering Committee, both made up of government and committee representatives.

Partnership with Industry Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to carry out an exploratory study on the economic development of official language minorities in Canada.

Production of the monograph Languages in Canada: 2006 Census and of a statistical portrait of Ontario’s French-speaking population (other provincial statistical portraits will be produced and published in 2010-2011). These documents were produced with financial support from Canadian Heritage.

Active participation in the new Interdepartmental Research Committee on Community Economic Development of OLMCs and presentation of the results of a StatCan study on the subject.

Participation in the steering committee for a roundtable on second language learning research.

Participation in the research collective led by the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities (CIRLM).

Signature of a multi-year partnership with Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Secretariat to maintain strong expertise in language statistics at StatCan and to support research undertakings on official language minorities in Canada.

Consolidation and enhancement of partnerships with key federal government departments and agencies.

Dissemination of research results to representatives of key federal government departments and agencies, showing the many possibilities for analyses that can be used to serve OLMC interests and report on the country’s linguistic duality.

Provision of relevant and timely information materials to federal partners for the evaluation of the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013.
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 carried out to achieve the expected result

What activities were carried out during the reporting year? What was done?
Outputs

What products or services came from the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Progress made in achieving the expected result

What has changed as a result of the activities carried out during the reporting year?
Expected result
Met with senior managers to keep them informed of StatCan’s section 41 implementation activities and actions.

Consulted StatCan’s federal government, academic and association partners to ascertain the relevance of the Agency’s activities.

Carried out an internal evaluation of the consistency between the Action Plan’sobjectives and StatCan’s regular activities through the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.
Presentation of the 2008-2009 Status Reportand activities planned for 2009-2010 to the Chief Statistician and members of StatCan’s Official Languages Committee.

Incorporation of the recurring funding of certain section 41 implementation activities into StatCan’s long-term planning process.

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

Meetings of the StatCan Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities 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 Statistics Canada managers and employees
  • Clerk of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages
  • Clerk of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

Web address for Statistics Canada’s Status Report:
/eng/about/41

National Coordinator
Jane Badets
Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division

Senior Project Officer
Wayne Smith
Assistant Chief Statistician, Business and Trade Statistics Field
Official Languages Champion

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