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I am pleased to present the 2012/2013 Departmental Performance Report for Statistics Canada.

Statistics Canada's goal is to provide relevant, timely and high-quality information to Canadians—information necessary to make informed decisions. This is reflected in the Agency's mission statement: Serving Canada with high quality statistical information that matters.

Fiscal year 2012/2013 was a year of significant accomplishments. There were three major releases from the 2011 Census of Population. In May 2012, Canadians learned that, for the first time, there were more people in the age group 55 to 64, where people typically are about to leave the labour force, than in the age group 15 to 24, where people typically are about to enter it. Information released in September showed that 1 out of every 10 children, aged 14 and under, in private households lived in a stepfamily in 2011. For the first time, the Census counted the number of foster children and children in stepfamilies. Finally, in October, data were released on the evolving linguistic profile of the nation. More than 200 languages were reported in the 2011 Census of Population as either a home language or mother tongue.

In 2012/2013, the Agency published revised data for several key economic indicators, including quarterly gross domestic product, labour productivity and balance of payments, as well as provincial and territorial economic accounts. These revisions to data in the Canadian System of National Accounts span more than 30 years, and are in line with new international standards.

Statistics Canada is engaging with Canadians and seeking their feedback using collaborative social media tools. The StatCan Blog informs Canadians of major projects and priorities, and gives them an opportunity to comment and ask questions. With each census release, the public engages in online chat sessions with StatCan experts to discuss findings from the census. An online consultation tool features a 'question of the month' to gauge satisfaction with our programs and services. In addition, over 55,000 users continue to follow the Agency on Twitter, while others share content from the Facebook and YouTube accounts.

This past year, Statistics Canada continued to make high-priority investments to ensure the continuity and quality of its statistical programs. Multi-year projects were launched to redesign both the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Labour Force Survey. In addition, the third year of the project to enhance the Consumer Price Index was completed. For the first time, basket weights were updated after just two years instead of the usual four years.

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

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

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