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Program description

Statistical infrastructure comprises activities and services that are administered to support a strong statistical system. Professional and Statistical Services include the development of sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), the development and provision of information about the Agency's surveys and statistical programs, the development and maintenance of registers of enterprises and addresses for statistical purposes, and the provision of advice with respect to the Statistics Act and data-sharing agreements. Operational Statistical Services provide support to data collection activities for Statistics Canada's surveys, such as data capture, coding, editing, interviewer hiring and training, and the provision of advice to clients regarding statistical products. The production of Statistics Canada's catalogued publications, on-line databases and the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle The Daily form part of statistical infrastructure. These latter activities comprise Other Statistical Support Services. Research and development activities related to statistical methodology, data collection, and operational activities are also undertaken.

Table 1 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) — Statistical Infrastructure
2013/2014 Main Estimates 2013/2014 Planned Spending 2013/2014 Total Authorities Available for Use 2013/2014 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
127,380,733 127,380,733 158,343,771 135,719,900 8,339,167
Table 2 Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs]) — Statistical Infrastructure
2013/2014 Planned 2013/2014 Actual 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
1,201 1,069 -132
  • The difference between planned spending and the total authorities available for this program is mainly the result of in-year increases for unused budget carried forward from the previous year, additional funding received during the year to compensate equivalent salary expenditures to meet the employer's legal obligations, for example, parental leave, as well as permanent internal budget realignments.
  • The difference between actual spending and the total funding available reflects unused amounts planned to be carried forward to 2014/2015 to support the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process.
Table 3 Performance Indicators — Statistical Infrastructure
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
An infrastructure of statistical services and activities is administered to support an effective statistical system Percentage of programs using methodology services 60 80
Percentage of programs using statistical infrastructure services 100 100
Percentage of programs using operational statistical services 65 81

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Statistical Infrastructure

An infrastructure of statistical services and activities is administered to support an effective statistical system.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to deliver high-quality statistical infrastructure services.
  • Consultations were held with users to inform them of improvements to The Daily.
  • A higher percentage of programs than expected use methodology services, which helps the Agency to meet its objective of having a standardized methodology approach.
  • Programs are using statistical infrastructure services as expected. This shows the importance of the infrastructure and its effective support to the statistical system.
  • A higher percentage of programs than expected use statistical operation services, which helps to ensure high-quality data by the standard use of infrastructure.

Sub-program 4.1: Professional and Statistical Services

Program description

The Professional and Statistical Services Program includes the development of sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), information about the Agency's surveys and programs, the preparation and maintenance of registers of households, farms, and other businesses and organizations for the purpose of conducting surveys and censuses. This program is also responsible for acquiring statistical data from Canada Revenue Agency and other administrative sources in order to make these data available to other programs throughout the Agency. Research activities aimed at providing practical solutions related to survey and questionnaire design, the analysis of survey data and other specific topics are undertaken, as well as the provision of expert advice on survey methodology to an international audience. The program also includes the provision of Agency-specific legal services relating to the Statistics Act and to data sharing agreements.

Table 4 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) — Professional and Statistical Services
2013/2014 Planned Spending 2013/2014 Actual Spending 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
17,581,907 25,708,082 8,126,175
Table 5 Human Resources (FTEs) — Professional and Statistical Services
2013/2014 Planned 2013/2014 Actual 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
189 245 56
  • The difference, in both spending and FTEs, is mainly the result of an in-year increase in authorities due to a permanent internal budget realignment from sub-program 4.2, Operational Statistical Services. Also, during the year, additional funding was received to compensate for equivalent salary expenditures to meet the employer's legal obligations, for example, parental leave.
Table 6 Performance Indicators — Professional and Statistical Services
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Programs within Statistics Canada implement state-of-the-art statistical theory, survey methods, standardized concepts, statistical classifications, and registers in the production of statistical outputs Number of programs that undergo a review of their methodology and/or statistical infrastructure 4 7
Percentage of programs reviewed to which the methodology and/or statistical infrastructure provided approved solutions 100 100
Proportion of the proposed solutions that were adopted by the programs 80 85

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Professional and Statistical Services

State-of-the-art statistical theory, survey methods, standardized concepts, statistical classifications, and registers in the production of statistical outputs are implemented by programs within Statistics Canada

2013/2014 activities

  • Provided economic, social and census programs with business and household frames, current statistical concepts and classifications, and sound methods; provided economic and social programs with timely, high-quality tax data as direct input to estimates and for analysis; delivered the generalized systems functions to support the development and implementation of the Integrated Business Statistics Program.
  • Developing a corporate approach to foster the increased use of administrative data: For details, please see Organizational Priorities in Section 1 of this document.
  • Strengthening the corporate information management framework: For details, please see Organizational Priorities in Section 1 of this document.

Sub-program 4.2: Operational Statistical Services

Program description

Operational Statistical Services comprise those activities and services relating to: the collection of data from respondents; the entry of data into computer systems; the coding of data into standard categories; and the processing of data obtained from other government organizations or administrative sources rather than directly from respondents. The hiring and training of interviewers to support ongoing, ad-hoc and cost-recovered surveys are included in this program. The Advisory Services function, including the National Contact Centre, is also part of this program.

Table 7 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) — Operational Statistical Services
2013/2014 Planned Spending 2013/2014 Actual Spending 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
50,160,892 63,471,101 13,310,209
Table 8 Human Resources (FTEs) — Operational Statistical Services
2013/2014 Planned 2013/2014 Actual 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
491 554 63
  • The difference, in both spending and FTEs, is mainly the result of an in-year increase in funding available due to permanent internal budget realignments from the sub-program 4.3 Other Statistical Support Program, additional funding received during the year to compensate equivalent salary expenditures to meet the employer's legal obligations, for example, parental leave, and temporary reallocation made during the year to better align resources with the Agency's priorities. A portion of these increases is offset by a permanent internal budget realignment to sub-program 4.1 Professional and Statistical Services.
  • FTEs always vary slightly due to variance between the average salary rates paid and the estimated average salary rates used in calculations at the planning stage.
Table 9 Performance Indicators — Operational Statistical Services
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Subject-matter divisions use modern and state-of-the-art statistical services to support program delivery Percentage of Collection Operation Service Agreements (COSA) components that are met (main estimates) Footnote 1 75 90
Percentage of clients who receive the information that they requested 80 90

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Operational Statistical Services

Modern and state-of-the-art statistical services are used by subject-matter divisions to support program delivery.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to produce high-quality operational statistical services.
  • Integrated Collection and Operations Systems (ICOS): The purpose of the ICOS project is to achieve efficiencies by implementing common, standard collection processes and tools for both the Census and ongoing surveys. Statistics Canada implemented an online recruitment application for Statistical Survey Operations employees; increased the online response option for data collection for business and household surveys; and implemented Web-based collection instruments for Statistical Survey Operations employees.
  • New dissemination model: For details, please see Organizational Priorities in Section 1 of this document.
  • Open Data Portal Project: For details, please see Organizational Priorities in Section 1 of this document.

Sub-program 4.3: Other Statistical Support

Program description

Other Statistical Support comprises all other Statistical Infrastructure activities not listed above under Professional and Statistical Services or Operational Statistical Services. This sub-program includes those activities associated with the release of the Agency's information to the public. Examples include the production of Statistics Canada's catalogued publications, on-line databases and the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle The Daily.

Other Statistical Support also includes research and development activities relating to a number of areas such as statistical methodology, data collection, and operational activities; and it includes assisting large complex business enterprises with data collection requirements and enabling access to microdata for research purposes.

Other Statistical Support also includes the co-ordination of the aspects of the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process that ensure the continuity and quality maintenance of programs.

Table 10 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) — Other Statistical Support
2013/2014 Planned Spending 2013/2014 Actual Spending 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
59,637,934 46,540,717 -13,097,217
Table 11 Human Resources (FTEs) — Other Statistical Support
2013/2014 Planned 2013/2014 Actual 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
521 270 -251
  • As planned in the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process, to ensure funding is available to meet the upcoming continuity and quality maintenance requirements of its programs, the budget was carried forward from 2013/2014 to 2014/2015. This mainly explains the difference in both spending and FTEs.  The difference is also explained by permanent budget realignments to sub-program 1.2 Industry Statistics, and sub-program 4.2 Operational Statistical Services.
Table 12 Performance Indicators — Other Statistical Support
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Canadians use the Statistics Canada website to meet their information needs Percentage of website visitors that found the information they were looking for 75 72
The continuity and quality of Statistics Canada's ongoing programs is being maintained through the integrated strategic planning process Percentage of the investments in the Continuity and Quality Maintenance Investment Plan (CQMIP) implemented as planned 80 90

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Other Statistical Support

The Statistics Canada website is used by Canadians to meet their information needs; and the continuity and quality of Statistics Canada's ongoing programs is being maintained through the integrated strategic planning process.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to produce high-quality other statistical support services.
  • Network Transformation Initiative: All resources associated with the delivery of email, data centre and network services were transferred from Statistics Canada to Shared Services Canada (SSC) in 2011/2012. Since then, Statistics Canada has been working with SSC to ensure the ongoing protection of confidential statistical information, in compliance with the Statistics Act. In 2013/2014, Statistics Canada began integrating its existing email services, where sensitive statistical information is processed or stored, within this government-wide shared service. It also began working with SSC on how to best plan and integrate Statistics Canada programs into a government-wide infrastructure, while ensuring that the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act are met.
  • Percentage of website visitors who found the information they were looking for: While the result for Statistics Canada was just below the target, it was an improvement over the previous year (70%).

Notes

Footnote 1

Replaces the indicator presented in the 2013/2014 Report on Plans and Priorities: Percentage of service level agreement components that are met.

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