I am pleased to report on the Industry Portfolio’s key activities for 2012/2013.
During this period, the Portfolio continued to develop and recruit leading research talent through programs administered by the federal granting councils. It also took significant steps to improve commercialization outcomes through the transformation of the National Research Council into an industry-focused research and technology organization. This was complemented by reinvestments in programs such as the College and Community Innovation Program and the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.
Statistics Canada remained committed to ensuring that Canadians can access important information about Canada’s economy and society. For fiscal year 2012/2013, Statistics Canada released all remaining data from the 2011 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture, prepared data from the National Household Survey, and completed a historical revision of the System of National Accounts based on the internationally adopted 2008 standard. Statistics Canada also made significant strides in making greater use of administrative data to reduce the response burden on Canadians and businesses.
Moving forward, the Industry Portfolio will continue to exercise fiscal responsibility while delivering on government priorities to support jobs and economic growth. Portfolio agencies will continue to play key roles in encouraging collaboration between the research community and the private sector; strengthening the manufacturing sector to sustain and attract globally competitive industries; and bringing forward the government’s response to the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies to maintain Canada’s leadership position in those areas.
It is my pleasure to present the 2012/2013 Departmental Performance Report for Statistics Canada.
Minister of Industry