Results-based Status Report, 2006/2007

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

General information

Federal department

Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6



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-P
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6




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
Demolinguistic Studies Division
Main Building, Room 1710
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6



Assistant national coordinator

Jean-Pierre Corbeil
Chief, Linguistic Statistics Section
Demography Division
Main Building, Room 1708
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6



Regional coordinators:

Eastern Region

Patricia Griffith
1741 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3X8

Denis Boudreau
200 René Lévesque Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec
H2Z 1X4

Central Region

Sylvie Chartrand-Rafi
25 St. Clair Avenue East
Arthur Meighen Building, 5th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M4

Western Region

Pascal Jean-Louis
600-300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 6C7

Melanie Dixon
Harry Hays Building
220 4th Ave SE, Suite 686
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 4X3

Danielle Rondeau
1783 Hamilton Street, Suite 701
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 2B6

Milana Karaganis
123 Main Street, Suite 200
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4V9


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 with several partners from various ministries and agencies of the federal government, Statistics Canada plays an active role in the collection and dissemination of statistics on official language minorities. Thanks to the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVOLM), whose results are scheduled for release in December 2007, as well as 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 Government of Canada’s Horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework on Official Languages. 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


The participation of Statistics Canada’s key survey managers at the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research (SVOLM) 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 pursued its activities. 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. Awareness activities took place among numerous employees of Statistics Canada at the time of the renewal of the Internet site so that linguistic statistics that are of interest to official language minorities are easily accessible to the public.


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 and to make research and analytical results that concern them easy to understand. 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 and delivering surveys and analytical products. 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.


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. Several working papers on the SVOLM and on the structure of the research report that will be disseminated in December 2007 have also been presented and 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 SVOLM. In addition, a number of meetings have been held with representatives of various departments and agencies as part of the development and collection phases of this survey.

A monograph on the situation of literacy among official language minorities was released last December. It was produced through a partnership with Canadian Heritage and the National Literacy Secretariat. This monograph is an example of analysis that is useful to official language minorities.

Due to the initiative of Statistics Canada, the Inter-departmental Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research has created a steering committee with the goal of organizing a national symposium on research in the field of official languages. One of the primary objectives of this symposium, which will be held in January 2008, is to provoke discussions on the linkage of research and the development of programmes and policies with regards to official languages by the federal government.


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.

Detailed Status Report

A. Awareness (Internal activities)

Expected result:
Introduction of an enduring change in the organizational culture of Statistics Canada; all employees and senior managers know and understand their responsibilities with regards to Section 41 of the Official Languages Act and OLMCs. Surveys and research undertakings by Statistics Canada allow the teaching of personnel about the personnel to be informed about the situation of OLMCs.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Distribute information related to the Action Plan and Status Report
  • Sensitize intermediate managers of key divisions about the needs of OLMCs
  • Inform senior management of Statistics Canada regarding the responsibilities of the bureau with regards to Section 41
  • Sensitize employees to the multi-faceted realities of the Canadian francophonie


  • Status Report and Action Plan made available to all managers and employees of Statistics Canada
  • Presentation before several managers of the Special Surveys Division of Statistics Canada regarding the needs of the OLMCs
  • Meeting with the Champion for official languages to present the objectives and activities with regards to Section 41.
  • Presentation to Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee on the challenges and objectives of the Action Plan
  • Organization of several activities for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • 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

Expected result:
Establishment of lasting relationship between Statistics Canada and the OLMCs; Statistics Canada and the OLMCs understand their respective needs and mandates. Statistics Canada takes into consideration, to the degree possible, the concerns of the OLMCs in the development of their key surveys.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Participate in consultation meetings of coordinators for Section 41 at the national and regional level.
  • Participate in meetings with OLMC associations regarding their needs and concerns.
  • Consult minority associations regarding the evolution of SVOLM and their needs regarding the collection of data and analytical projects based on data from Statistics Canada. Consult members and representatives of OLMCs through the SVOLM Advisory Committee.


  • Participation and exchange of information with the OLMCs from regular meetings organized by Canadian Heritage.
  • Participation at a meeting organized by Canadian Heritage with representatives of the Consortium National de Formation en Santé (CNFS) regarding the issues tied to the integration and training of immigrant workers in the health field.
  • Participation in numerous meetings with the research coordinator of CNFS for the organization of their second symposium on research in the health field.
  • Participation in a two-day symposium with members of the Réseau de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la santé des francophones en milieu minoritaire (RRISF) coming from all regions of Canada.
  • A) Held a consultation session with the directors of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada (FCFA) regarding dissemination of the initial research report based on data from SVOLM. B) Held two consultation meetings with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) covering the demographic future, the needs and challenges of Anglophone communities of Quebec within the framework of the Greater Montreal Community Development Initiative (GMCDI). C) Participated in a consultation meeting organized by the Table nationale sur le développement de la petite enfance en milieu francophone minoritaire. D) Participated in a consultation meeting with two representatives of the administration of the francophone school boards from the Ontario Ministry of Education. E) Participated and presented SVOLM during a two-day consultation organized by the Secretariat of official languages of Canadian Heritage between senior federal management and a)representatives of francophone and acadian communities of Canada and b) representatives of anglophone communities of Quebec. Participation and presentation of SVOLM during a third day of consultation organized by Canadian Heritage regarding linguistic duality in Canada. F) Participation in two meetings of the Advisory Committee on the development of early learning activities (reading and writing) in French with the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français (FCAF). G) Consultation with the directors of the FCAF on the issues surrounding the results of the monograph disseminated by Statistics Canada on the situation of official language minorities with regards to literacy.
  • Held two meetings with the SVOLM Advisory Committee.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Consolidation and significant improvement of the consultation program and liaison of Statistics Canada with representatives of minority linguistic groups in order to better understand their needs priorities regarding data and to provide assistance with understanding and accessing relevant statistics that concern them.

C. Communications

Expected result:
The OLMCs receive updated information on the programmes, services and research results from Statistics Canada. They are able to obtain information on programmes and services of Statistics Canada as well as data regarding the OLMCs from the website.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Communicate information on Statistics Canada’s programmes and services
  • Offer training on language statistics and the research tools that permit their use
  • Communicate information on research projects and on key surveys at symposia and thematic conferences at which OLMC representatives participate.


  • Distribution of information leaflet entitled Information on official languages at Statistics Canada in the context of various meetings with the OLMCs. Publicaion of short articles in the Bulletin 41-42 of Canadian Heritage.
  • Held some ten training workshops on the CD-ROM Portrait of Official Language Communities in Canada as well as the statistical information that it includes.
  • A) Dissemination of research report entitled «The Canadian Content of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS – 2003) : The Situation of Official Language Minorities». B) Presentation of main results of this monograph at the annual general assembly of the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français. C) Presentation of a profile of francophone immigration in minority milieus at a symposium organized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Metropolis) during the Metropolis conference in Toronto at which numerous representatives of OLMCs participated. D) Presentation of several papers at the symposium of the Réseau de la recherche sur la francophonie canadienne (RRFC) during the ACFAS conference where several OLMC representatives participated. E) Co-organization of the 2007 RRFC symposium entitled « Inclusion, identité et vitalité : Repenser la participation à la francophonie canadienne ». F) Presentation of SVOLM for the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francohones in Ottawa. G) Presentations on SVOLM to students of the University of Ottawa during the course « Sociologie des communautés francophones hors Québec » and during the noontime conferences of the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (CRCCF) at the University of Ottawa. H) Promotion for SVOLM through numerous presentations in the media, especially the media of eastern Canada. I) Presentation of several papers on SVOLM and on IALSS during the conference on humanities and social sciences held at York University in Toronto. J) Participation and presentation at a symposium regarding access to health care for official language minorities organized by McGill University (McGill project). K) Participation and presentation at a Symposium in Moncton organized by the Association for Canadian Studies at which many specialists in the field of language and OLMCs participated. L) Participation and presentation at a Symposium held at Glendon College in Toronto on the 40th anniversary of the Dunton-Laurendeau Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Efforts were undertaken to ensure that the OLMCs were kept updated about new products and publications that may be of particular interest to them.
  • Numerous presentations on SVOLM and results of different research provided to OLMC representatives and different federal and provincial partners allowed the communication of information on research projects and on key surveys ongoing at Statistics Canada.

D. Coordination, liaison and research

Expected result:
Consolidate and improve partnerships with certain ministries and key organizations of the federal government. Determine, in cooperation with other federal ministries and organizations, the most important needs with regards to data and verify if it is possible to respond to these needs by finding new ways to use existing data. If the necessary data are not available, draw up a long-term strategy with a view to responding to these needs. Determine the research and analysis possibilities the will permit us to respond to the needs of official language minorities and to promote partnerships.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Communicate information through meetings of the CCRLO.
  • Participate in consultations, provide advices and statistical information to federal government partners.
  • Hold meetings for information and discussion on the development and fulfilment of key surveys of Statistics Canada.
  • Organize, in partnership with other federal government departments and agencies, a symposium on research in the area of official languages.
  • Disseminate the results of research on official language minorities.
  • Organize meetings with different federal governmental departments and agencies in order to establish research partnerships to bring about a better use of SVOLM data.


  • Participation in meetings of the SVOLM, presided by the Secretariat of official languages at Canadian Heritage.
  • A) Held two consultation meetings with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in order to present the sources of data, statistics and challenges around the elaboration of the questions allowing CIC to better measure the knowledge of official languages among newcomers to Canada. B) Held a consultation session on SVOLM with a visiting researcher from the Commissioner of Official Languages. C) Participated in the annual consultation meetings of OLMCs organized by the official languages secretariat of Canadian Heritage. D) Participated in the meetings of national coordinators for Article 41 organized by Canadian Heritage. E) Participated in a symposium organized by Justice Canada regarding the implications and the range of Section 41 and of S-3 on the development and the enhancement of the vitality of OLMCs. F) Participation in three meetings organized by the secretariat of official languages of Canadian Heritage regarding the evaluation of the Action Plan on Official Languages of the federal government.
  • Multiple meetings with representatives of the nine federal ministries and agencies (Steering Committee and Working Group) regarding activities related to SVOLM.
  • Proposal of a symposium on research in the domain of official languages with the SVOLM. Organization of multiple meetings in collaboration with the secretariat of official languages of Canadian Heritage for the creation of this symposium scheduled for January 2008. Creation of Steering Committee, composed of Canadian Heritage, Statistics Canada, Health Canada, the Commissioner of Official Languages and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities.
  • A) Dissemination of a monograph on the situation of official languages minorities with regards to literacy : The 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey : The situation of official language minorities. Financing from Canadian Heritage and the National Secretariat for Literacy. B) Participation in the Réseau de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne. C) Dissemination of a study on the importance of the knowledge of official languages in obtaining appropriate employment among new immigrants to Canada (Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada)
  • Held a meeting with Canadian Heritage in order to create an Advisory Committee to draw up a strategy for financing research using SVOLM data.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • The successful collection of the post-censal Survey on the Vitality of Official-Language Minorities (SVOLM) allowed a consolidation of partnerships with several federal ministries and organizations.
  • The dissemination of research results to representatives of federal ministries and organizations allowed to present the multiple analytical possibilities of the Census and certain major surveys of Statistics Canada.
  • Presentations done by Statistics Canada in the context of meetings of the SVOLM allowed us to show the many possibilities in terms of analysis that could be exploited to serve the interests of the OLMCs.

E. Accountability

Expected result:
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.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Meet with members of senior management in order to keep them informed of the activities and measures taken to implement Section 41 at Statistics Canada.
  • Consult Statistics Canada’s partners in the Federal government, in universities and community associations to ascertain the relevance of its activities.


  • Presentation of the Status Report and Action Plan to the members of the Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee.
  • Organization of many meetings and participation in many conferences with Statistics Canada’s partners regarding the post-censal Survey of the Vitality of Official Language Minorities.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Increased awareness and support of senior managers for Statistics Canada’s accomplishments with regards to the implementation of Section 41.
  • Positive feedbacks on Statistics Canada’s endeavour to better inform Canadians on certain key aspects of the vitality of OLMCs.

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:

May 2007

National Coordinator
Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistics Studies Division

Senior Project Officer
Paul Johanis
Assistant Chief Statistician
Management Services

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