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Statistics Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadians have the key information on Canada’s economy, society, and the environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers in a rapidly evolving world. To accomplish this objective and to deliver the greatest possible value to Canadians, the Agency continues to pursue emerging opportunities with imagination, ingenuity and energy.

Fiscal year 2013/2014 was a year of significant accomplishments. Statistics Canada continued to deliver relevant, timely and high-quality economic statistics—including estimates of Gross Domestic Product, international merchandise trade, and inflation. Similarly, the Agency delivered relevant, timely and high-quality social statistics covering a variety of topics, such as employment, income, health and education.

This past fiscal year, Statistics Canada released the final set of results from the National Household Survey; the new survey provided information on the cultural, social, and economic characteristics of the population. Data on Aboriginal peoples and on the wealth of Canadians were other major releases that took place in 2013/2014.

Throughout the year, Statistics Canada carried on planning for the 2016 Census of Population Program and the Census of Agriculture. In addition, exploratory work to increase the use of administrative data to reduce response burden continued, and the Agency adjusted its organizational structures and processes to ensure optimal resource allocation and use.

Statistics Canada continues to engage with Canadians and to seek 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 to ask questions. A new online consultation tool features a question of the month to gauge satisfaction with Statistics Canada’s programs and services.

Finally, Statistics Canada continues to be a leader in the Government of Canada’s Open Data Portal Initiative. The Agency is hosting the latest generation of the portal, which was successfully launched in June 2013.

On behalf of all the employees of Statistics Canada, I thank Canadians for their continued support.

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

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