Archived – Program 5: Cost-recovered Statistical Services

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Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered statistical services that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. The projects are grouped according to type, with the groupings comprising projects involving Economic and Environmental Statistics, Socio-economic Statistics, the Censuses, Statistical Infrastructure and Internal Services.

Table 1 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) — Cost-recovered Statistical Services
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)
0 0 0 -279,336 -279,336
Table 2 Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs]) — Cost-recovered Statistical Services
2013/2014 Planned 2013/2014 Actual 2013/2014 Difference (actual minus planned)
872 584 -288

The Agency's statistical program receives funding from two sources: direct parliamentary appropriations and cost-recovery activities. In recent years, respendable cost-recovery revenues have generally contributed more than $100 million annually to the Agency's total resources. A large portion of these respendable revenues comes from federal departments to fund specific statistical projects.

All numbers in the Financial Resources table are presented net of respendable revenue based on government-wide presentation standards, which takes planned revenues less equivalent expenditures for a net authority of zero. The small difference of $279,336 is mainly due to the timing of receivables at year end.

All numbers in the Human Resources table include FTEs funded by respendable revenue. The difference between the planned and actual FTEs is explained by an estimation of revenues at the maximum authority level of $120 million (872 FTEs), while actual revenues were at $92 million (584 FTEs). FTEs also vary slightly due to a variance between the average salary rates paid and the estimated average salary rates used in calculations at the planning stage.

For information on the Cost-recovered Statistical Services Program, please refer to the Departmental Spending Trend chart in Section 1, Figure 1.

Sub-program 5.1: Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics

Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered economic and environmental outputs that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. This program designs, implements, analyses and disseminates the results of large-scale or complex surveys for external clients to provide useful information to the broadest possible spectrum of users. Examples include the surveys of small and medium-sized enterprises, the digital economy, construction wage rates, Internet use, household energy use and household interaction with the environment. Cost-recovered analytical projects and research, and micro-simulations are also included in this program.

Table 3 Performance Indicators — Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics Volume of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 100 100
Value of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 23,400,000 14,865,230
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 87

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics

Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics are used by government policy makers.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to produce high-quality, cost-recovery outputs related to economic and environmental statistics. It conducted impact studies for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec regions; it conducted surveys in the areas of energy, agriculture, manufacturing, culture, science and technology; it updated and refined the input-output model to incorporate recent changes into the SNA structure; and, it completed feasibility studies on the Culture Satellite Accounts and on provincializing the human resources module of the Tourism Satellite Accounts. It also extended access to the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research to the academic and research community.
  • Value of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics: The program met its volume target for cost-recovery contracts and surpassed its target for repeat cost-recovery clients. The value was in line with previous years, but fell short of targets due to optimistic assumptions about potential cost recovery work that never materialized.

Sub-program 5.2: Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics

Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered socio-economic outputs that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. This program designs, implements, analyses and disseminates the results of large-scale or complex surveys for external clients to provide useful information to the broadest possible spectrum of users. Examples include surveys on public service employment, employment insurance and labour market, young Canadians, literacy and education, Aboriginal peoples, community-related activities such as resiliency, and health including tobacco use. Cost-recovered analytical projects and research, the Longitudinal Immigration Database, population projections for specific sub-populations or based on customized sets of assumptions, demographic projections and micro-simulations are also included in this program.

Table 4 Performance Indicators — Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to socio-economic statistics Volume of cost-recovery household surveys and other data development and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada 90 175
Value of cost-recovery household surveys and other data development and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada 50,600,000 52,799,962
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 81

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics

Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to socio-economic statistics are used by government policy makers.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to produce high–quality, cost-recovery outputs related to socioeconomic statistics. It conducted surveys and microdata linkages in the areas of health, justice, education, labour, social and economic statistics; and it conducted microsimulation modelling and projections in the area of demographic statistics.
  • Other: Information for a number of important cost-recovery programs results was released. This included results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, the Programme for International Student Assessment, the National Graduate Survey and the Canadian Survey of Economic Well-being. New cost-recovery projects were also started to respond to emerging user needs.

Sub-program 5.3: Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses

Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered outputs related to the Censuses that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. This program designs, implements, analyses and disseminates the results of large-scale or complex surveys for external clients to provide useful information to the broadest possible spectrum of users. Examples include linking of the Census database to other surveys or administrative databases for analytical purposes as well as production of statistics at detailed geographical levels.

Table 5 Performance Indicators — Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to the censuses Volume of cost-recovery projects and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada related to the censuses 5 8
Value of cost-recovery and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada related to the censuses 8,900,000 12,379,808
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 86

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses

Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to the censuses are used by government policy makers.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to produce high-quality, cost-recovery outputs related to the censuses.

Sub-program 5.4: Cost-recovered Services related to Statistical Infrastructure

Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered outputs related to statistical infrastructure that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. Examples include imaging/data capture of the E311 Travel Declaration Cards for Canadians for the Canadian Border Services Agency; imaging and indexing of human resources records for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and medical coding for the provinces. This activity also produces high quality cost-recovered programs to provide access to Statistics Canada's public use and confidential microdata, including the Data Liberation Initiative providing access to public use microdata files in post secondary institute libraries. This program also includes the RDC Footnote 1 program, currently supplying secure access to detailed microdata files in 26 universities and one research institute across Canada, as well as the Real Time Remote Access program, providing access remotely in more or less real time to researchers who submit code and receive back automatically-vetted output.

Table 6 Performance Indicators — Cost-recovered Services related to Statistical Infrastructure
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Government, institutions and private sector clients use the services for data capture and imaging, coding and access to Statistics Canada's microdata files, customized to meet their needs Percentage of Collection Operation Service Agreements (COSA) components that are met (cost recovery) Footnote 2 80 89
Number of universities and federal departments receiving access to microdata files 85 92
Number of microdata files and public use microdata files available in Canadian universities, research data centres and other institutions 2,190 2,279

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Cost-recovered Services related to Statistical Infrastructure

Services for data capture and imaging, coding and access to Statistics Canada's microdata files, customized to meet their needs, are used by government, institutions and private sector clients.

2013/2014 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to produce high-quality cost-recovery outputs related to statistical infrastructure.
  • International Statistical Fellowship Program: This five-year initiative is led by Statistics Canada and is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to strengthen national statistical systems in developing countries. In 2013/2014, Statistics Canada delivered training seminars to participating countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean; followed up with past participants to support their plans and governance practices to improve elements of their statistical system; and provided technical assistance.
  • Co-operation with China: The focus in 2013/2014 was to continue supporting China on improvements to their corporate business architecture and establishing conditions for an enhanced quality management framework. This work was supported by a memorandum of understanding and co-operation missions in both Canada and China.
  • Restructuring the Research Data Centre (RDC) information delivery system: A mid- to long-term goal of the RDC program is to move to a centralized, thin-client IT infrastructure, which will ensure better control over confidential data and be consistent with activities in other countries, such as the United States and New Zealand. To do this, a number of aspects of the operation need to be centralized and standardized first. In 2013/2014, the Agency developed a data registry and a master repository, using standard naming conventions. It also developed the base version of the Centralized Data Repository Core Services and Management Tool, and information elements to support research or maintain linkages with other systems or standards.

Sub-program 5.5: Cost-recovered Services related to Internal Services

Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered outputs related to Internal Services that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. Examples include the analysis of the Public Service Employee Survey and workforce analysis for federal departments.

Table 7 Performance Indicators — Cost-recovered Services related to Internal Services
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to Internal Services Products meet predefined requirements outlined in service level agreements including quality, delivery dates and cost 80% There were no cost-recovery outputs related to Internal Services in 2013/2014.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned — Cost-recovered Services related to Internal Services

Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to Internal Services are used by government policy makers.

2013/2014 activities

  • There were no cost-recovery outputs related to Internal Services.

Notes

Footnote 1

Research Data Centre.

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Footnote 2

Replaces the indicator presented in the 2013/2014 Report on Plans and Priorities: Data capture and coding meet predefined requirements outlined in service level agreements including quality, delivery dates and cost.

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