Supplementary information

Corporate information

Organizational profile

Appropriate minister: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P.

Institutional head: Anil Arora

Ministerial portfolio: Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Enabling instruments:

Year of incorporation/commencement: The Dominion Bureau of Statistics was established in 1918. In 1971, with the revision of the Statistics Act, the agency became Statistics Canada.

Other: Under the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is required to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.

Statistics Canada has two primary objectives:

  • to provide statistical information and analysis of the economic and social structure and functioning of Canadian society, as a basis for developing, operating and evaluating public policies and programs; for public and private decision making; and for the general benefit of all Canadians
  • to promote the quality, coherence and international comparability of Canada's statistics through collaboration with other federal departments and agencies, with the provinces and territories, and in accordance with sound scientific standards and practices.

Statistics Canada's head office is located in Ottawa. There are regional offices across the country in Halifax, Sherbrooke, Montréal, Toronto, Sturgeon Falls, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. There are also 27 research data centres located throughout the country. These centres provide researchers with access to microdata from population and household survey programs in a secure university setting. Canadians can follow the agency on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Reporting framework

Statistics Canada's Strategic Outcomes and Program Alignment Architecture for 2017–18 are shown below.

  • Strategic Outcome 1: Canadians have access to timely, relevant and quality statistical information on Canada's changing economy and society for informed debate, research and decision making on social and economic issues.
    • Program 1: Economic and Environmental Statistics
      • Sub-program 1.1: Macroeconomic Accounts
      • Sub-program 1.2: Industry Statistics
      • Sub-program 1.3: Economy-wide Business Statistics
      • Sub-program 1.4: Environmental Statistics
      • Sub-program 1.5: Analysis of Economic and Environmental Statistics
    • Program 2: Socio-economic Statistics
      • Sub-program 2.1: Labour, Education, Income and Tourism Statistics
      • Sub-program 2.2: Health and Justice Statistics
      • Sub-program 2.3: Demographic, Aboriginal and other Social Statistics
      • Sub-program 2.4: Analysis of Socio-economic Statistics
    • Program 3: Censuses
      • Sub-program 3.1: Census of Population Program
      • Sub-program 3.2: Census of Agriculture
    • Program 4: Statistical Infrastructure
      • Sub-program 4.1: Professional Statistical Services
      • Sub-program 4.2: Operational Statistical Services
      • Sub-program 4.3: Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program
  • Strategic Outcome 2: Specific client needs for high-quality and timely statistical services are met.
    • Program 5: Cost-recovered Statistical Services
      • Sub-program 5.1: Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics
      • Sub-program 5.2: Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics
      • Sub-program 5.3: Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses
      • Sub-program 5.4: Cost-recovered Services related to Statistical Infrastructure
  • Internal Services

Supporting information on lower-level programs

Supporting information on lower-level programs is available on Statistics Canada's website and in the TBS InfoBase.

Supplementary information tables

The following supplementary information tables are available on Statistics Canada's website:

Federal tax expenditures

The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

Organizational contact information


1-800-263-1136 or 613-951-8116

1-877-287-4369 or 613-951-0581


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