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Statistics Canada is committed to delivering objective, high-quality official statistics that form the foundation upon which decisions are made by elected representatives, businesses, unions and non-profit organizations, as well as individual Canadians.

Over several months in 2011, Statistics Canada conducted the Census of Population, the National Household Survey and the Census of Agriculture. Despite facing many challenges during the data collection period, Statistics Canada met or exceeded its objectives. The Agency received broad support from stakeholders, partners and individual Canadians: more than 6,000 organizations helped promote collection activities. On February 8, 2012, Statistics Canada released the first results from the census, covering population and dwelling counts.

This past year, Statistics Canada made significant progress in increasing data access. On February 1, 2012, all user charges were removed for information available on its website, including data from the CANSIM statistical database at no incremental cost to Statistics Canada. At the same time, the Agency removed all restrictions and fees for other organizations wishing to re-disseminate its information. These actions will facilitate greater and broader use of the Agency's information.

In 2011–2012, Statistics Canada published new information every business day, and met all pre-announced release dates. In addition to effectively delivering its ongoing economic and social statistics programs, the Agency also addressed two key data gaps, releasing information on job vacancies and on population projections for Aboriginal identity groups.

Finally, Statistics Canada continued to review and renew its organizational structures and processes to ensure optimal resource allocation and use. This ongoing effort to support efficient and effective use of resources will help the Agency maintain relevance while addressing current and future budgetary pressures.

On behalf of all Statistics Canada employees, I thank Canadians for their continued support, and invite them to visit the Agency website.

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

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