Results-based Status Report, 2007/2008

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General information
Summary of Statistics Canada’s main results achieved in 2007-2008
Summary of the main results achieved by category of intervention
Detailed report on results
Communication plan

General information

Federal department

Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
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Minister responsible

The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry

 

 

Senior official responsible for implementation of Part VII of the OLA

Paul Johanis
Official Languages Champion
Assistant Chief Statistician – Management Services
100 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Suite 26-P
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
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
Demography Division
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Suite 1708
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6
613-951-2315
E-mail: jean-pierre.corbeil@statcan.gc.ca

 

 

Regional coordinators

Ottawa

Sylvie Lafrenière
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Suite 1708
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 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

Milana Karaganis
123 Main Street, Suite 200
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4V9
204-983-5883
E-mail: Milana.Karaganis@statcan.gc.ca

 

Summary of Statistics Canada’s main results achieved in 2007-2008

Within the scope of its activities, Statistics Canada has been active in informing Canadians about the official languages situation in Canada. Working closely with several partners from different federal departments and agencies, Statistics Canada is actively involved in collecting and disseminating statistics on official language minorities. On December 4, 2007 and March 4, 2008, Statistics Canada released the results of the 2006 Census on all language variables and on language of work, respectively. In addition, thanks to the Survey on the Vitality of Official Language Minorities (SVOLM), the initial results of which were released on December 11, 2007, as well as the key surveys of interest to official language minorities, Statistics Canada provides information that is useful for evaluating and developing official language policies and programs in Canada. Statistics Canada 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 of the main results achieved by category of intervention:

Increasing awareness

Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Champion sent a message to all staff to increase their awareness about the needs of official language minority communities and invite them to contribute to achieving the objectives in the organization’s Action Plan.

Last year, the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities played a key role in increasing awareness among employees about the situation and needs of official language minorities. This internal committee consists of representatives of every key division responsible for developing the surveys that are of particular interest to official language minorities. Its mandate is to foster and facilitate the sharing of information related to statistics on official language minorities within Statistics Canada and to improve the partnerships between the Demography and the Demolinguistics Studies divisions, on the one hand, and the divisions that could be instrumental in implementing section 41 in Statistics Canada, on the other hand.

Managers in the key divisions at Statistics Canada who took part in the National Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues organized in January 2008 by the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research (ICCOLR), chaired by the Official Languages Secretariat of Canadian Heritage, were also made aware of the needs of official language minorities.

Consultations

Statistics Canada continued consolidating and improving its current program of consultation and liaison with representatives of minority language communities in order to find out more about their priority needs for data and to make research results and analyses in this regard more understandable for general users. In addition, over the past year, Statistics Canada took advantage of several events in which it participated to consult with them and respond to their needs.

In each region, an Advisory Services staff member 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. Over the past year, Statistics Canada has strengthened partnerships between head office and the regional offices around the implementation of the objectives in its Action Plan on section 41.

Communications

Last year, Statistics Canada published short articles on topics of interest to minority communities in Canadian Heritage Bulletin 41 42. Several presentations were made to different representatives of official language minority communities (OLMCs) on the results of the 2006 Census on linguistic variables and on the initial results of the SVOLM published in the report entitled Minorities Speak Up, which was released in December 2007.

Last year, Statistics Canada continued to offer one-day training workshops based on the CD-ROM entitled Portrait of Official Language Communities in Canada, intended for use in associations, government organizations and universities. These workshops are given across the country through Statistics Canada’s Advisory Services.

Coordination, liaison and research

In cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, Statistics Canada is identifying needs for new data and seeking to find innovative 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 promoting their implementation through partnerships.

There were a number of meetings this past year with representatives of different federal departments and agencies about the preparation of the analytical report on the initial results of the SVOLM. Statistics Canada also took advantage of the meetings of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research to present different aspects of the progress on work related to the SVOLM, particularly in terms of the preparation of analytical files that will be sent to the research data centres.

In January, through the initiative of Statistics Canada, there was a National Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues. Chaired by the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Secretariat, this symposium was made possible by the contributions of the members of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities. This event provided the opportunity to improve the link between research and statistical information in order to promote the development of official language programs and policies in Canada.

Accountability

The Results-Based Status Report and the Action Plan were widely disseminated, particularly to national associations representing minority communities, the Commissioner of Official Languages, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages. The Status Report and the Action Plan were presented to the members of Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee. Last year, through its Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities and its Committee on Official Languages, Statistics Canada ensured that it would pursue improvements in the mechanisms it uses for the internal evaluation of links between the objectives of the Action Plan and its regular activities.

Detailed report on results

A. Awareness (Internal activities)

Expected results:
Introduction of a long-term change in the organizational culture of Statistics Canada, whereby all employees recognize and understand their responsibilities in regard to section 41 of the Official Languages Act. Surveys and research undertakings by Statistics Canada provide the opportunity to inform staff about the situation of OLMCs.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Distribute information related to the Action Plan and Status Report.
  • Make intermediate managers of key divisions aware of the needs of OLMCs.
  • Inform the directorates, divisions and regional offices about linguistic duality and the OLMCs, and help them understand their responsibilities in this regard.
  • Make employees aware of the multi-faceted realities of Canada’s Francophone communities.

Outputs

  • Status Report and Action Plan made available to all Statistics Canada employees.
  • Presentation to senior managers in the Methodology Branch of Statistics Canada on section 41 and the requirements of OLMCs.
  • Message from the Official Languages Champion to all Statistics Canada employees to make them aware of the needs of OLMCs and invite them to help achieve the objectives of its Action Plan.
  • Presentation to Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee on the challenges and objectives of the Action Plan.
  • Organization of activities around the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.
  • Meetings of the Statistics Canada Committee on Statistical information concerning Official Language Minorities.
  • Two presentations on the results of the 2006 Census on language variables and OLMCs to Statistics Canada employees.
  • Consultation with Statistics Canada executives in preparation for the next Action Plan on section 41.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Greater awareness by Statistics Canada employees and executives about the situation of OLMCs and the organization’s obligations in regard to section 41.
  • Increased participation by 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 key surveys.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Participate in consultation meetings of section 41 coordinators at the national and regional level.
  • Participate in meetings with OLMC associations regarding their needs and concerns.
  • Consult minority associations on changes in the report on the analysis of the initial results of the SVOLM and on their needs in terms of analytical products from Statistics Canada data.
  • Consult Statistics Canada’s regional section 41 coordinators and Advisory Services representatives on the linguistic data requests and needs of OLMCs.

Outputs

  • Participation and exchange of information with the OLMCs at regular meetings organized by Canadian Heritage. Participation in 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.
  • Presentation of the analytical plan for the initial report of the SVOLM at the second National Forum on Health held in November 2007, and consultations with participants in this regard.
  • Exchange of information with OLMC representatives at the National Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues in January 2008.
  • Exchange of information with representatives of OLMCs at the colloquium on youth from official language minority communities organized by the Association for Canadian Studies in February 2008, and at the colloquium on the situation of Quebec’s minority Anglophone communities held in Montréal in early March 2008.
  • Consultation meeting with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) around their needs for statistical information. Statistics Canada’s representatives from its Montréal office were actively involved in this meeting.
  • Meeting with the members of the SVOLM advisory committee.

Indicators to measure the expected results

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

C. Communications

Expected result:
The OLMCs receive updated information on Statistics Canada’s programmes, services and research results. They are able to obtain information on Statistics Canada programmes and services 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
  • Communicate information on research projects and on key surveys at symposia and theme-specific conferences in which OLMC representatives participate.

Outputs

  • Publication of short articles in Canadian Heritage Bulletin 41-42.
  • Presentation to the Quebec Federal Council on the demolinguistic situation in Canada.
  • A) Presentation of several articles at the colloquium of the Réseau de la recherche sur la francophonie canadienne (RRFC) at the meeting of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS), which was attended by several OLMC representatives. B) Co-organization of the 2007 RRFC colloquium entitled “Inclusion, identité et vitalité: Repenser la participation à la francophonie canadienne” (inclusion, identity and vitality: rethinking participation in Canada’s Francophone communities). C) Presentation of the results of the SVOLM and linguistic data from the 2006 Census to (a) the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Research Network, (b) the Management Committee of the Office of the Commissioner for Official Languages, (c) the colloquium on youth and minorities, and (d) the colloquium of the Quebec Community Groups Network (March 2008). D) Presentation of the results of the 2006 Census and the SVOLM to the CIC working group on the integration of French-speaking immigrants into the OLMCs E) Participation and presentation at the National Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues (January 2008). F) Presentation of the results of the SVOLM to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Halifax. G) Presentation of the results of the 2006 Census and the SVOLM at the second colloquium on family literacy organized by the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Efforts were undertaken to ensure that the OLMCs were kept informed about new products and publications that could be of particular interest to them.
  • Several presentations on the SVOLM and the results of different research were provided to OLMC representatives and different federal and provincial partners, allowing for the communication of information on Statistics Canada research projects and key surveys.
 

D. Coordination, liaison and research

Expected result:
Consolidate and improve partnerships with certain federal departments and key organizations. Determine, in cooperation with other federal departments and organizations, the most important needs with regards to data and determine whether these needs can be met 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 that will enable us to meet the needs of official language minorities and to promote partnerships.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Communicate information through meetings of the CCOLR.
  • Participate in consultations, and provide advice and statistical information to federal government partners.
  • Hold information and discussion meetings on the development and fulfilment of key Statistics Canada surveys.
  • Organize, in partnership with other federal departments and agencies, a Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues.
  • Disseminate the results of research on official language minorities.
  • Organize meetings with different federal departments and agencies in order to establish research partnerships to bring about a better use of SVOLM data.

Outputs

  • Participation in meetings of the CCOLR., chaired by the Secretariat of Official Languages at Canadian Heritage.
  • A) Organize several consultation meetings with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to identify the data sources, statistics and challenges related to the formulation of questions that will enable the CIC to better measure newcomers’ knowledge of official languages. B) Consultation session on the SVOLM with staff from the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. C) Meetings of national section 41 coordinators organized by Canadian Heritage.
  • Meetings with representatives from nine federal departments and agencies (steering committee and working group) around activities related to the SVOLM.
  • Several meetings of the organizing committee for the National Symposium on Official Languages Research Issues chaired by the Secretariat of Official Languages at Canadian Heritage. The symposium took place in January.
  • A) Release of the report on the analysis of the initial results of the SVOLM in December 2007; B) Participation in the Réseau de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne; C) Participation in the colloquium on the initial report on the analysis of the results of the SVOLM organized by the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCM).
  • Participation in the National Human Resources Development Committee for the English Linguistic Minority (NHRDC) and the National Committee of Economic Development and Employability for Francophone Minority Communities.
  • Meetings of the interdepartmental working group to develop a funding strategy for research based on data from the SVOLM.

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 departments and organizations.
  • The dissemination of research results to representatives of federal departments and organizations provided opportunities to present the great many analytical possibilities of the Census and certain major Statistics Canada surveys.
  • Presentations by Statistics Canada in the context of meetings of the CCOLR. allowed us to show the many analytical possibilities for serving 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 assist their development.

Activities carried out to achieve the expected result

  • Meet with 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.
  • Evaluate internally the link between the objectives in the Action Plan and regular activities through Statistics Canada’s Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Language Minorities.

Outputs

  • Presentation of the Status Report and Action Plan to the members of Statistics Canada’s Official Languages Committee.
  • Organization of several meetings and participation in numerous colloquiums with Statistics Canada’s partners on the SVOLM and other key Statistics Canada surveys.
  • Meetings of the Committee on Statistical Information Concerning Official Languages to share information and ensure that Statistics Canada’s key divisions take into consideration the objectives of the Action Plan for section 41.

Indicators to measure the expected results

  • Increased awareness and support by senior managers for Statistics Canada’s accomplishments with regards to the implementation of Section 41.
  • Positive feedback on Statistics Canada’s efforts to better inform Canadians about 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:
/eng/about/about

May 2008

National Coordinator
Réjean Lachapelle
Director, Demolinguistics Studies Division

Senior Project Officer
Paul Johanis
Assistant Chief Statistician
Management Services

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