Results-based Status Report, 2005/2006

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General information
Summary of main results achieved
Summary of the main activities carried out and the results achieved ...
Communication plan

General information

Federal department

Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
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Minister responsible

The Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of Industry

 

 

Senior official 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

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
Demolinguistic Studies Division
Main Building, Room 1710
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-3763
E-mail: rejean.lachapelle@statcan.gc.ca

 

 

Assistant national coordinator

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

 

 

Regional coordinators:

Eastern Region

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

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

Central Region

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



Western Region

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

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

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

 

Summary of main results achieved

Within the scope of its activities, Statistics Canada has been active in informing Canadians about the situation of the official languages in Canada. Working closely with representatives of the Privy Council Office, Statistics Canada has continued to support and contribute significantly to the development of the Government of Canada’s Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages. Thanks not only to the Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVOLM), which it is currently developing, but also to the key surveys of interest to official language minorities, Statistics Canada will be able to provide information that is essential to developing performance indicators and measuring the horizontal results targeted by the Framework. In the many forums in which it has participated, Statistics Canada has taken the opportunity to promote the use of quantitative data in research related to official languages.

Summary of the main activities carried out and the results achieved according to the following categories

Awareness

The participation of Statistics Canada’s key survey managers in the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research has helped make those managers and their staff informed of the needs of the official language minorities. Several presentations on the implementation of section 41 and on the SVOLM were made before the Official Languages Champion, the Official Languages Committee and members of Statistics Canada’s senior management.

The in-house committee of representatives from key divisions that develop surveys of significant interest to the official language minorities met periodically. The Committee’s mandate is to promote and facilitate information sharing at Statistics Canada concerning statistics on official language minorities and to improve partnerships between the Demography Division, the Demolinguistics Studies Division and divisions that can play a key role in implementing section 41 at Statistics Canada.

Consultations

Statistics Canada is continuing to consolidate and improve its present program of consultation and liaison with linguistic minority community representatives in order to be more aware of their priority data needs. In each region, a member of Advisory Services staff acts as a regional coordinator for the implementation of section 41. Consultation with community associations on census and survey planning and products is an important activity, integrated into the responsibilities of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Services staff as well as headquarters staff involved in census planning. In the past year, Statistics Canada’s Head Office has continued to provide active support to the regional coordinators and encouraged the regional offices to get more involved in implementing Statistics Canada’s section 41 objectives.

Communications

A leaflet providing the official language minorities with general information on the availability and use of data about them is available and has been distributed through Statistics Canada’s Advisory Services offices. In addition, Statistics Canada will continue to publish short articles on subjects of interest to minority communities in the Canadian Heritage Bulletin 41-42. A working paper on the SVOLM has also been distributed to several representatives of the official language minority communities (OLMCs).

The CD-ROM containing 2001 Census data of interest to the official language minority groups has been available since December 2003. To facilitate the use of the CD-ROM, expand its user base and demonstrate its analytical potential, Statistics Canada has continued to offer a one-day training workshop tailored to users in associations, government departments and universities. The workshops are being offered through Statistics Canada’s Advisory Services throughout Canada.

Coordination, liaison and research

In cooperation with other federal agencies and departments, Statistics Canada is identifying needs for new data and finding innovative ways of using existing data to address the concerns of the official language minorities. It is also identifying research and analysis opportunities that address the needs of the official language minorities, and promoting their implementation through partnerships.

Statistics Canada provided information on the SVOLM at meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research. In addition, a number of meetings have been held with representatives of various departments and agencies as part of the development of this survey.

A soon-to-be-published monograph on the literacy situation of official language minorities was produced in conjunction with Canadian Heritage and the National Literacy Secretariat. The distribution of this monograph is an example of analysis that is useful to official language minorities.

Accountability

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

A. Awareness

Main expected results for the period covered by the Action Plan

  • Employees and senior managers are aware of the importance of promoting the bilingual character of Canada.
  • The branches and divisions are informed about linguistic duality and official language minority communities (OLMCs) and they understand their responsibilities to OLMCs.
  • Surveys and research undertaken by Statistics Canada serve to inform staff about the situation of OLMCs.

Main activities carried out for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Status Report and Action Plan made available to all managers and employees of Statistics Canada.
  • Meetings of the Statistics Canada Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities,
  • Organization of activities during Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.
  • Dissemination of an article on the monograph “Languages in Canada” on the Internal Communications Network.
  • Presentations to Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee.
  • Meetings of the Subcommittee of Official Languages Coordinators at Statistics Canada.
  • Participation of Statistics Canada survey managers in the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research raises their awareness of the realities and needs of OLMCs.
  • Participation of key Statistics Canada divisions in the development of the Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVOLM) raises their awareness of the concerns of OLMCs.
  • Presentation on the SVOLM before the Chief Statistician of Canada and the Official Languages Committee,
  • Efforts to ensure that staff is mindful of OLMCs when restructuring Statistics Canada’s website to make social and economic data more accessible.

Progress (results) achieved for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Increased awareness of Statistics Canada’s employees and senior managers about the situation of OLMCs;
  • Increased participation of key divisions in the objectives of Statistics Canada’s Action Plan.
 

B. Consultations

Main expected results for the period covered by the Action Plan

  • The OLMCs are regular clients of the regional offices.
  • Statistics Canada takes into consideration inasmuch as possible the concerns of the OLMCs when developing its key surveys.
  • Statistics Canada consolidates and improves the present program of consultation and liaison with linguistic minority community representatives in order to be more aware of their priority data needs.

Main activities carried out for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Participation in consultation meetings of national and regional section 41 coordinators.
  • Communication with minority associations on how the SVOLM is to evolve.
  • Consultations with OLMC members and representatives through the SVOLM advisory committee.
  • Promotion of awareness among members of the SVOLM management committee and the SVOLM working group both comprised of representatives of the ten federal departments and agencies that funded the survey.
  • Participation in a meeting of the Réseau santé en français to discuss the concept of “Francophone”.
  • Meeting with Health Canada to discuss the information needs of OLMCs and to meet those needs through the SVOLM.

Progress (results) achieved for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Within the scope of the development of the Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVLOM), Statistics Canada consolidated and improved the quality of its consultations with the representatives of various OLMCs.
 

C. Communications

Main expected results for the period covered by the Action Plan

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

Main activities carried out for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Distribution of the information leaflet entitled Information on Official Languages at Statistics Canada.
  • Publication of short articles in the Canadian Heritage Bulletin 41-42.
    Training workshops on the CD-ROM Portrait of Official Language Communities in Canada.
  • Presentation on the SVOLM before University of Ottawa students in the course “Sociology of Francophone communities outside Quebec.”
  • Presentation on the SVOLM and the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (2003) at the annual general meeting of the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français (FCAF).
  • Presentation of two papers on the SVOLM at the Congrès de l’Acfas.
  • Presentation on the SVOLM at a meeting of directors general of Francophone school boards.
  • Presentation on the SVOLM to researchers in the Office de la langue française du Québec.

Progress (results) achieved for the year covered by the Status Report

  • There are ongoing efforts to ensure that OLMCs are kept up to date on all new products and publications that may be of particular interest to them.
  • The numerous presentations on the SVOLM to OLMC representatives and different federal and provincial partners were an opportunity to present the research projects and key surveys in progress at Statistics Canada.
 

D. Coordination, liaison and research

Main expected results for the period covered by the Action Plan

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

Main activities carried out for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Dissemination of information during the meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research.
  • Many meetings with representatives of various departments and agencies as part of the development of the Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (Social Development Canada, Health Canada, Justice Canada, Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages).
  • Signing of memorandums of understanding with 10 federal departments and agencies on conducting the SVOLM.
  • Presentation on the SVOLM before the vice-president of the Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada and some employees of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.
  • Numerous meetings with the Privy Council Office on the development of the post-censal survey and the Government of Canada’s Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages.
  • Offer to provide consultation service to the Privy Council Office for evaluation of the coordination program of the Action Plan for the Official Languages – official languages research component.
  • Participation in a symposium on the vitality of OLMCs, organized by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.
  • Meetings with the SVOLM advisory committee comprised of researchers and OLMC representatives.
  • Meetings with the SVOLM working group and management committee.
  • Implementation of the SVOLM pilot survey in Canada’s ten provinces in October 2005.
  • Drafting of the monograph on the literacy situation of official language minorities: 2003 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey. Funded by Canadian Heritage and the National Literacy Secretariat.
  • Participation in the Réseau de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne.
  • Presentation of papers on the SVOLM during the Congrès de l’Acfas in May 2005.
  • Research project on education in minority situations for Canadian Heritage.

Progress (results) achieved for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Development of the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities consolidated partnerships with certain key federal agencies and departments.
  • Dissemination of research results to representatives of key federal agencies and departments made it possible to take into account the multiple opportunities to analyse the Census and certain key Statistics Canada surveys.
  • The presentations made by Statistics Canada at meetings of the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research revealed the numerous analysis opportunities that can be used to serve the interests of OLMCs.
 

E. Accountability

Main expected results for the period covered by the Action Plan

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

Main activities carried out for the year covered by the Status Report

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

Progress (results) achieved for the year covered by the Status Report

  • Increased awareness and support of senior managers for Statistics Canada’s accomplishments with regard to the implementation of section 41.
 

Communication plan

Distribution list

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

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

May 2006

National Coordinator
Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistics Studies Division

Senior Project Officer
Paul Johanis
Assistant Chief Statistician
Management Services

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