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To support decision making by Canadians and their elected representatives, Statistics Canada remained committed to providing access to a trusted source of information. The main accomplishments of 2012/2013 were the release of all remaining data from the 2011 Census, and the completion of a historical revision of the System of National Accounts, based on the internationally adopted 2008 standard. The data were also collected for a new iteration of the Survey of Financial Security, which incorporates updated measures of household wealth. This data will be released in 2014.

In addition, Statistics Canada continued to review and renew its organizational structures and processes to ensure optimal resource allocation and use.

In the table below, the priorities identified in the 2012/2013 Report on Plans and Priorities are shown, with their related planned activities listed and evaluated.

These priorities are to

  • deliver timely and accurate statistical programs according to Statistics Canada's quality assurance framework
  • frame options for the 2016 Census of Population program and the Census of Agriculture
  • adjust to reflect changes announced in Budget 2012
  • continue to identify and implement the Corporate Business Architecture to increase operational efficiency, and improve operational robustness and responsiveness
  • initiate the first phase of a comprehensive review of Statistics Canada's dissemination model, taking into account evolving technologies and the principles of the Government of Canada Open Data Initiative.
Table 1a - Summary of progress against priorities
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Deliver timely and accurate statistical programs according to Statistics Canada's quality assurance framework
Priority Type Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Deliver timely and accurate statistical programs according to Statistics Canada's quality assurance framework Ongoing 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; Economic Statistics; Social Statistics; Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics.
  • Deliver timely and accurate economic indicators: Producing a comprehensive program of macroeconomic statistics to support fiscal and monetary policy is one of Statistics Canada's fundamental responsibilities. Macroeconomic statistics also play a key role in federal equalization payments to the provinces, and in allocating Harmonized Sales Tax revenues between federal and provincial governments. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada conducted the monthly and annual economic surveys used to compile gross domestic product (GDP) and other economic indicators. Economic indicators such as retail sales, international imports and exports, manufacturing shipments, as well as monthly and quarterly GDP were published within two months of the reference period. The Agency also collected, compiled and published the Consumer Price Index monthly, within three weeks of the reference period.
  • Deliver timely and accurate ongoing social statistics programs: In 2012/2013, the Social Statistics program continued to deliver household surveys, such as the monthly Labour Force Survey, the Survey of Household Spending, the Canadian Community Health Survey, the General Social Survey, and information based on administrative programs such as the Longitudinal Immigration Database, yielding trends on employment, family income and expenditure, as well as establishment-based employment surveys. It also produced information and analytical outputs on key social issues, including immigration, ethnicity, social engagement, youth, families, gender, seniors, Aboriginal people, social well-being, education, crime, justice, health, births, and deaths.
  • Increase support of key policy needs and initiatives: In collaboration with stakeholders, Statistics Canada is developing information roadmaps to respond to emerging data needs in key areas of social policy, such as justice, the labour market and household wealth. These roadmaps show what is needed to address areas where data are incomplete or fragmented, and where investments are needed to support future policy needs and initiatives.
  • Disseminate the results of the 2011 Census of Population program: The Census of Population collects population and dwelling counts, as well as population information such as age, sex, common-law and marital status, family status, first language learned in childhood, home language and knowledge of official languages. Many of the questions that had traditionally been part of the mandatory Census of Population were asked on a voluntary basis in the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). The NHS was conducted simultaneously with the Census of Population, and shared staff and infrastructure with the Census to reduce costs. In 2012/2013, the Agency released the rest of the 2011 Census of Population results in May, September and October 2012, while continuing data quality studies and completing the evaluation of lessons learned. NHS results will be released during the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
  • Disseminate the results of the 2011 Census of Agriculture: The Census of Agriculture is conducted to develop a statistical portrait of Canada's farms and their operators. The data offer a full picture of the major commodities of the agriculture industry, farm finances, use of technology, and new or less common crops and livestock. The Census of Agriculture was conducted simultaneously with the Census of Population, and shared infrastructure with the Census of Population to reduce costs. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada completed the release of the main results of the 2011 Census of Agriculture. This included making selected results from the Censuses of Agriculture, up to and including 2011, available through the Government of Canada Open Data Portal. Statistics Canada also completed an evaluation of lessons learned. Some additional analytical outputs, as well as the results of the linkage of the Census of Agriculture and the NHS, will be released during the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
  • Renew the System of National Accounts: In the fall of 2012, Statistics Canada successfully completed a historical revision of the Canadian System of National Accounts, which included implementing new international standards for the construction of these accounts. Canada was the second country, after Australia, to adopt the new international standards. Other countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, will do so shortly.
  • Enhance the Consumer Price Index to better serve the needs of the household, business and public sectors: Statistics Canada has completed the third year of a multi-year program to further improve the accuracy of the Consumer Price Index, Canada's most cited measure of inflation. The index basket is now being adjusted and updated more frequently to better reflect changes in consumer spending patterns. The Consumer Price Index, aside from being a key indicator for monetary policy, is used for price inflation adjustment of everything from pensions and employment insurance to tax brackets, wages and alimony.
  • Prepare for the 2012 Survey of Financial Security: Determining the economic well-being of households requires timely measurement of both income and wealth. The distribution of wealth is an increasingly important factor as the population ages. Statistics Canada measures incomes annually, but measurement of wealth has been sporadic. In response to strong demand, the Agency funded a new iteration of the Survey of Financial Security, conducted in 2012. Data will be released in early 2014.
  • Develop a framework for environment statistics and expand measures of household energy use: To develop its environmental statistics program, the Agency has drafted a conceptual framework for the program in consultation with stakeholders and data users. This work will be validated and finalized in 2013/2014. Once complete, the framework will help identify and prioritize data gaps in environmental statistics. This prioritization will be used to guide Statistics Canada's development efforts in this area.
Table 1b - Summary of progress against priorities
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Frame options for the 2016 Census of Population program and the Census of Agriculture
Priority Type Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Frame options for the 2016 Census of Population program and the Census of Agriculture Ongoing 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; Economic Statistics; Social Statistics; Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics.
  • Continue evaluation of methodologies for the 2016 censuses: In 2012/2013, the Agency completed an exhaustive review and evaluation of alternate models currently in use or development elsewhere in the world, for conducting censuses of population and agriculture. The final report on the review for the Census of Population was posted on the Statistics Canada website in August 2012. Having determined which models are viable in Canada, Statistics Canada will now develop options for the 2016 round of censuses for consideration by the Government. Consultations with data users and stakeholders on questionnaire content options for the Census of Population were completed in 2012; for the Census of Agriculture, in 2013/2014.
  • Prepare recommendations on the use of income tax data for future censuses of agriculture: The Agency embedded a test in the 2011 Census of Agriculture to determine whether taxation data could be used to avoid asking detailed expense questions on this census. The results have confirmed that this approach can be used in the 2016 Census of Agriculture. The Agency also investigated the potential use of technologies such as remote sensing to improve the quality and efficiency of the Census of Agriculture and the Agriculture Statistics program.
Table 1c - Summary of progress against priorities
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Adjust to reflect changes announced in Budget 2012
Priority Type Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Adjust to reflect changes announced in Budget 2012 New 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; Economic Statistics; Social Statistics; Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics.
  • Align human resources capacity with short- and medium-term outcomes: Statistics Canada's Corporate Business Plan 2012/2013 to 2014/2015 identifies the evolving business priorities in the context of the Departmental Investment Plan. The three-year Human Resources Plan 2012/2013 to 2014/2015 aligns human resource goals and objectives with the priorities of Statistics Canada, the Government of Canada, and Public Service Renewal. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada implemented the new Workforce Management Framework to govern the activities required under workforce adjustment, and provided support to surplus employees. The Agency also entered into a partnership with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada to pilot the collaborative delivery of informal conflict-resolution services.
  • Align human resources capacity with long-term investment strategy: Statistics Canada's Corporate Business Plan 2012/2013 to 2014/2015 identifies the evolving needs of business priorities in the context of the Departmental Investment Plan. The Agency is preparing to align human resource goals and objectives with the priorities of Statistics Canada, the Government of Canada, and Public Service Renewal. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada implemented the three-year Human Resources Plan 2012/2013 to 2014/2015, including the new Workforce Management Framework.
  • Transfer Statistics Canada IT and internal support resources to Shared Services Canada: Shared Services Canada was created in August 2011 with a mandate to streamline and reduce duplication in the government's IT services. Since November 2011, Shared Services Canada has provided all email, network, telecommunications and data centre services to Statistics Canada. An operating protocol ensures continuity of operations for those services. In 2012/2013, the necessary governance structure was put in place for Shared Services Canada and Statistics Canada. Any new initiatives, strategic decisions or long-term commitments relating to the services that Shared Services Canada provides to Statistics Canada must be planned and negotiated with them. For example, Statistics Canada negotiated the need for ongoing representation of key Shared Services Canada resources during the planning and development phases of the 2016 Census program. Statistics Canada also negotiated for Shared Services Canada to provide dedicated resources, starting in 2013/2014, to develop a roadmap for transition to a consolidated and secure network at Statistics Canada. Today, the default work environment for the 5,500 employees in Ottawa and the regions is a closed network, which will impede the adoption to common government solutions such as GC email.
  • Engage with other departments and Treasury Board Secretariat to examine migration to common tools and processes: Statistics Canada continues to streamline its business processes in a holistic way, with the objective of delivering its programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The Agency is analyzing business processes and requirements to develop a timeline for Statistics Canada's adoption of common systems and processes. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada engaged with other departments and the Treasury Board Secretariat to get more information about the functionality of SAP, PeopleSoft and GCDOCS and to evaluate the timing and roadmap for migration to these common tools. The Agency's preliminary mapping to Common Human Resources Business Processes was completed, and recommendations to address gaps and opportunities were prepared. A new corporate service delivery model has also begun to be implemented—it leverages technology and simplifies administrative processes across the Agency.
Table 1d - Summary of progress against priorities
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Make highest-priority investments necessary to ensure the continuity and maintain the quality of the existing statistical program, including supporting the infrastructure
Priority Type Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Make highest-priority investments necessary to ensure the continuity and maintain the quality of the existing statistical program, including supporting the infrastructure

Continue to identify and implement the Corporate Business Architecture to increase operational efficiency, improve operational robustness and responsiveness
Ongoing 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; Economic Statistics; Social Statistics; Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics.
  • Maintain multi-year capital plan to ensure the efficiency, continuity and quality of all statistical and support programs: Statistics Canada's integrated strategic planning process focuses on the development of a 10-year Continuity and Quality Maintenance Investment Plan (CQMIP). This plan guides the Agency's management of human, informatics, and other resources, and provides managers with a framework and tools to improve project planning, implementation, reporting, and evaluation. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada updated the 10-year CQMIP, focusing on the investments needed to mitigate operational and strategic risks and maintain quality. Projects designed to improve robustness, responsiveness, and efficiency of operations were implemented and continuously monitored.
  • Implement the Departmental Project Management Framework agency-wide: In 2012/2013, the Agency continued to implement across the organization its Departmental Project Management Framework tools and processes. Managers were provided with the framework, tools and training to improve project planning, implementation, reporting and evaluation. Standard processes for efficient agency-wide reporting on project status were implemented, as well as an expanded risk analysis to include early indicators of project challenges, interdependencies, and mitigation strategies.
  • Align the program evaluation process with Treasury Board policies and directives: Statistics Canada is committed to implementing the Policy on Evaluation and to strengthening the Agency's performance measurement strategies. The neutral evaluation function at Statistics Canada now reports directly to the Chief Statistician. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada strengthened its evaluation governance structure, recruited skilled evaluators, professionalized the evaluation function and delivered a risk-based evaluation plan.
  • Strengthen the corporate information management framework: Information management is integral to a strategic outcome of the national statistical office—to provide Canadians with access to a trusted source of information. In 2012/2013, Statistics Canada monitored the implementation of the Directive on the Management of Statistical Microdata Files, began implementation of the Directive on the Management of Aggregate Statistics, and began preparing to implement GCDOCS to replace the Document Management Centre in the longer term.
Table 1e - Summary of progress against priorities
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority:
Priority Type Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Initiate the first phase of a comprehensive review of the Agency's dissemination model, taking into account evolving technologies and the principles of the Government of Canada Open Data Initiative. New 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; Economic Statistics; Social Statistics; Census, Demography and Aboriginal Statistics.
  • Develop a detailed blueprint for implementing the new dissemination model: 2012/2013 was Year 1 of the new three-year dissemination model project. It included wide user consultations and the development of a plan to overhaul Statistics Canada's current dissemination model. A high-level vision and architectural blueprint have been developed to offer an improved website structure and navigation strategies, a simplified and more coherent product line, self-serve data that are easily accessible and downloadable, as well as a new single-output database driving dynamically generated data tables. The new model will be supported by a new output metadata framework. When this project is completed, statistical output will respect the principles of open data. The Federal Open Data Portal will be entered seamlessly so that all Statistics Canada data will be discoverable through that channel. In 2013/2014, Statistics Canada will initiate development and iterative testing of the systems related to the implementation of the new dissemination model.
  • Engaging with Canadians online: Statistics Canada is engaging with Canadians and seeking their feedback using collaborative social media tools. In 2012/2013, the Agency built on its success with Twitter and Facebook to increase public dialogue. The StatCan Blog was launched in January 2013 to inform Canadians about major projects and priorities and to give them an opportunity to comment and ask questions. With each release from the 2011 Census of Population, the public has engaged in online chat sessions with StatCan experts to discuss findings from the 2011 Census of Population program. The Agency continues to inform Canadians daily about the state of the economy and society by publishing tweets that reach over 55,000 followers on Twitter, sharing information on Facebook, and posting videos on YouTube. These channels complement and support Statistics Canada's well-established official release program.

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Type is defined as follows: 'previously committed to' means committed to in the first or second fiscal year before the subject year of the report; 'ongoing' means committed to at least three fiscal years before the subject year of the report; 'new' means newly committed to in the reporting year of the DPR.

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