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The Agency's statistical program is funded from two sources: direct parliamentary appropriations and cost-recovery activities. In recent years, 'respendable' cost-recovery revenues have generally contributed more than $100 million annually to its total resources. A large portion of these respendable revenues is from federal departments to fund specific statistical projects. Statistics Canada's preliminary evaluation is that cost-recovery revenues may decline as much as $20 million in 2012–2013.

Table 1 2011–-2012 Financial resources ($ thousands)
Planned spending Total authorities Footnote 1 Actual spending Footnote 1
747,595 795,992 744,112
Table 2 2011–-2012 Human resources (full-time equivalents [FTEs])
Planned Actual Difference
6,461 6,345 116

Included in the above total of 6,345 FTEs are approximately 750 public servant FTEs outside of the National Capital Region (NCR) and spread across Canada (this is higher than the usual average staff complement, as it includes temporary census requirements). Not included in the 6,345 total are approximately 2,300 interviewers outside of the NCR. These interviewers are part-time workers whose assigned work weeks are affected by the volume of collection work available; they are hired through the Statistics Act, under the authority of the Minister of Industry. Interviewers are covered by two separate collective agreements, and are employed through Statistical Survey Operations. Many of Statistics Canada's main outputs rely heavily on the data collection, analysis, and administration of these activities that takes place in the regions.

Strategic outcome

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.

Table 3 Performance indicators
Performance indicators Footnote 1 Targets 2011–2012 performance
Page views of electronic publications—number and annual percentage change Annual increase exceeds 5% Page views in 2011–2012 were up 1% from 2010–2011. In general, web metrics for the past fiscal year show decreased traffic to older publications and increased traffic to newer ones. Older publications on the Statistics Canada website were archived in June 2011 and the home page search now excludes these from the default results. This is a positive step for users of the Statistics Canada website: they now find the latest content first, but they can search older content if they wish.

Page views ('000) , fiscal years 2007–2008 to 2011–2012:
  • 2007–2008: 5,930
  • 2008–2009: 7,581
  • 2009–2010: 7,898
  • 2010–2011: 9,960
  • 2011–2012: 10,043
Percentage changes, fiscal years 2007–2008 to 2011–2012:
  • 2007–2008: 18
  • 2008–2009: 28
  • 2009–2010: 4
  • 2010–2011: 26
  • 2011–2012: 1
Success in finding information on the Statistics Canada website 65% of visitors surveyed found what they were looking for In the Economic Statistics program, 70% of visitors said they were satisfied; in Social Statistics, 69%; and in Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics, 70%. This result reflects efforts to improve the effectiveness of the website.
Ease of finding information on the Statistics Canada website 70% of visitors surveyed said they were satisfied In the Economic Statistics program, 70% of visitors said they were satisfied; in Social Statistics, 75%; and in Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics, 69%. This result is due to efforts to improve the effectiveness of the website.
Satisfaction with website New indicator In the Economic Statistics program, 67% of visitors said they were satisfied; in Social Statistics, 67%; and in Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics, 65%.
Data series downloaded from the CANSIM online database—number and annual percentage change Annual increase exceeds 5% Indicators are not available, as Statistics Canada is in a transition year moving to free CANSIM.
Table 4a Performance summary, excluding internal servicesThis table displays the performance summary for internal services in 2011–2012. The row header provides information by one program activity, Internal Services. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars on actual spending in 2010–2011, as well as on main estimates, planned spending, total authorities, and actual spending for 2011–2012.
Program activity 2010–-2011 Actual spending 2011–-2012 ($ thousands) Alignment to Government of Canada outcome
Main estimates Planned spending Total authorities Footnote 1 Actual spending Footnote 1
Economic Statistics 181,796 185,068 191,102 201,739 184,679 A transparent, accountable and responsive federal government
Social Statistics 132,150 138,951 138,951 140,301 125,388
Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics 169,313 334,905 334,905 350,936 340,205
Total 483,259 658,924 664,958 692,976 650,272  
Table 4b Performance summary for internal servicesThis table displays the performance summary for internal services in 2011–2012. The row header provides information by one program activity, Internal Services. The column headers provide information in thousands of dollars on actual spending in 2010–2011, as well as on main estimates, planned spending, total authorities, and actual spending for 2011–2012.
Program activity 2010–-2011 Actual spending 2011–-2012 ($ thousands)
Main estimates Planned spending Total authorities Footnote 1 Actual spending Footnote 1
Internal Services 91,950 82,637 82,637 103,016 93,840

The Main Estimates and Planned Spending figures represent approved funding levels prior to the start of the fiscal year; Planned Spending for 2011–2012 includes applicable adjustments related to the Consumer Price Index and Harmonized Sales Tax initiatives; the Main Estimates for 2011–-2012 do not. Total Authorities represent Planned Spending adjusted for all funding changes approved during the fiscal year.

The difference between Total Authorities and Actual Spending is mainly the result of operational timing differences in programs that span more than one fiscal year.

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