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Table 1a - Summary of progress against priorities
Table summary - This table identifies and describes one of the Agency's priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Deliver a comprehensive set of statistical programs in conformity to Statistics Canada's quality assurance framework.
Priority TypeFootnote Table 1a1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Deliver a comprehensive set of statistical programs in conformity 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 and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
In 2014/2015, the Agency accomplished the following:
  • The Economic and Environmental Statistics program continued to deliver timely, relevant and high-quality economic indicators. These included gross domestic product, statistics on the financial health of the economy, retail sales, manufacturing shipments, balance of payments, international merchandise trade, and the Consumer Price Index.
  • The Socio-economic Statistics program continued to conduct surveys, such as the monthly Labour Force Survey, the Survey of Household Spending, the Canadian Community Health Survey and the General Social Survey, as well as to produce information based on administrative programs, such as the Longitudinal Immigration Database. It also released information and analytical outputs on key social issues, including immigration, ethnicity, social engagement, youth, families, gender, seniors, Aboriginal peoples, education, crime, justice, health, births and deaths.
  • Statistics Canada supported data needs for key policies and initiatives. An example of the Agency's responsiveness to support federal government decision making relates to the need for job-vacancy data. In February 2015, collection started on the first set of quarterly estimates for a new survey on job vacancies, supported by Employment and Social Development Canada. This survey will address key information gaps by looking at job vacancies by occupation and key economic region.
  • Statistics Canada completed the final steps of a major enhancement project for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The accuracy of the CPI has been improved by increasing the frequency and timeliness of basket updates and by almost doubling the monthly sample size. Better methods have also been put in place to account for product quality changes, and to improve product and outlet selection methods.
  • The Agency continued to implement the Framework on Environmental Statistics. This included developing ecosystem and land and water yield accounts, initiating the means to facilitate collaboration with outside data partners, developing pilot environmental activity accounts, identifying data sources and gaps, and extending the existing physical flow accounts in the area of solid waste.
  • Statistics Canada made significant investments in the redesign of a number of major programs, including the Labour Force Survey and the Canadian Community Health Survey.
  • The Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP) completed the implementation of the first wave of surveys and now encompasses approximately 60 surveys. The main objective is to enhance the Economic and Environmental Statistics program so that it remains as robust and flexible as possible, while reducing the burden on business respondents. The IBSP project will streamline and consolidate the Agency's business survey processing environment. When completed, it will provide a common processing environment for more than 150 business surveys and will make electronic data collection the primary data collection method.
  • The Agency released provisional estimates of Government Finance Statistics based on the new International Monetary Fund standard for Government Finance Statistics. The data, which cover government revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities, fill a major gap in the area of public finance.
Table 1b - Summary of progress against priorities
Table summary - This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Final planning and initial implementation of the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture programs
Priority TypeFootnote Table 1b1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Final planning and initial implementation of the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture programs 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 and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
In 2014/2015, the Agency accomplished the following:
  • The Agency sought government approval of the content of the 2016 Census of Population Program, developed national and regional public communications strategies, and acquired all census facilities. It also conducted tests, analyzed results and incorporated lessons learned into questionnaires, systems and processes for collection and processing. Finally, the Agency initiated the development of operational infrastructure and materials, continued ongoing address-listing operations to expand and update the Address Register, and delineated collection areas and created maps.
  • Statistics Canada completed project planning and sought government approval of the content of the 2016 Census of Agriculture. It also continued the development of processing and follow-up systems, and prepared specifications for dissemination systems and began their development.
Table 1c - Summary of progress against priorities
Table summary - This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Undertake a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative and other alternative data sources to complement or supplement the Agency’s census and survey programs in order to reduce program costs and response burden, or to make more data available to users
Priority TypeFootnote Table 1c1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Undertake a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative and other alternative data sources to complement or supplement the Agency's census and survey programs in order to reduce program costs and response burden, or to make more data available to users 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 and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
While the Agency already makes extensive use of administrative data—40% of statistical programs are based in whole or in part on administrative data—it continues to seek opportunities to increase the use of administrative data to replace or complement survey data where appropriate. The Administrative Data Secretariat delivered the Administrative and Alternative Data Sources Utilization Program, which includes a strategy and roadmap to maximize access to and use of administrative and alternative data sources to reduce response burden, lower costs, improve quality and offer new data series for users.
Table 1d - Summary of progress against priorities
Table summary - This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority:Continue to identify and implement the Corporate Business Architecture to increase operational efficiency and to improve operational robustness and responsiveness
Priority TypeFootnote Table 1d1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Continue to identify and implement the Corporate Business Architecture to increase operational efficiency and to 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 and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
  • Internal Services
In 2014/2015, Statistics Canada delivered major elements of the Corporate Business Architecture transformation projects, including the Integrated Business Statistics Program, the Social Survey Processing Environment, the Integrated Collection and Operation System, the Administrative Data Secretariat and the Administrative Processes Review and Automation project.
Table 1e - Summary of progress against priorities
Table summary - This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Continue development of the state-of-the-art, user-centric dissemination model that aligns with the principles of the Government of Canada's Open Government initiative / Participate in Government of Canada transformation initiatives
Priority TypeFootnote Table 1e1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Continue development of the state-of-the-art, user-centric dissemination model that aligns with the principles of the Government of Canada's Open Government initiative / Participate in Government of Canada transformation initiatives 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 and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
In 2014/2015, the Agency accomplished the following:
  • Statistics Canada completed the third year of a four-year project to update and modernize Statistics Canada's dissemination strategy. A major accomplishment on this front was the release of a beta website to give users an opportunity to test the revised content. Over 11,000 visits were recorded during four weeks in November and December 2014 while the beta site was live. The feedback will be used to finalize and launch the updated site in the coming year.
  • Statistics Canada continued to maintain and enhance the Government of Canada Open Data Portal. As a key data contributor, the Agency added numerous datasets, including output from the Canadian International Merchandise Trade database, the North American Industry Classification System and the National Occupational Classification. As a data provider, Statistics Canada continues to be one of the top two public-service contributors.
Table 1f - Summary of progress against priorities
Table summary - This table identifies and describes one of the Agency’s priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and/or programs.
Priority: Foster excellence in employee performance
Priority TypeFootnote Table 1f1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Foster excellence in employee performance 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 and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
  • Internal Services
The Fostering Excellence in Employee Performance Project launched the new Public Service Performance Management Application last summer. This is a government-wide platform for establishing performance expectations, assessing outcomes, and documenting performance discussions throughout the year. The new application will help supervisors and employees more effectively manage performance. To date, the engagement of Statistics Canada's managers and employees in this new approach to managing performance has been strong, with one of the highest completion rates for mid-year (98%) and year-end review compliance (97%).
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