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At Statistics Canada, integrated risk management is an ongoing and dynamic activity that supports corporate decision making, and is a central theme of the annual integrated strategic planning process. An essential part of Statistics Canada's Risk Management Model is the Corporate Risk Profile, a high-level summary of the most critical risks being managed by Statistics Canada. The Corporate Risk Profile is used as a concise reference tool for decision making and is subject to a comprehensive annual review.

The following risks were identified in the 2014/2015 Report on Plans and Priorities:

Risks identified in the 2014/2015 Report on Plans and Priorities
Risk Risk Response Strategy Link to Program Alignment Architecture
Increased difficulties in reaching respondents An ongoing challenge to the quality of social statistics is the growing difficulty with collecting information from respondents.

This risk was identified in the Report on Plans and Priorities in 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

This risk is being mitigated by means of a number of strategies. These strategies, identified in the Agency's Corporate Risk Profile for 2012/2013 to 2013/2014, include closely monitoring response rates and assessing potential biases in survey results; continuing methodological research and development on survey frames; proactively engaging respondents through various mechanisms; seeking out administrative data sources; continually innovating to meet respondents' needs, including increasing the use of multi-mode data collection options, such as e‑questionnaires and options for mobile devices; and undertaking additional studies and incorporating lessons learned.
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Labour, Education, Income and Tourism Statistics
  • Health and Justice Statistics
  • Demographic, Aboriginal and other Social Statistics
  • Analysis of Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Census of Population
  • Census of Agriculture
  • Professional and Statistical Services
  • Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics
  • Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses
Reputational risk related to respondent information Any release of confidential information, or real or perceived breach of Statistics Canada's informatics infrastructure and related business processes, poses the risk of damaging reputation, credibility, image and public trust.

This risk was identified in the Report on Plans and Priorities in 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

This risk is being mitigated by means of a number of strategies. These strategies, identified in the Agency's Corporate Risk Profile for 2012/2013 to 2013/2014, include continually assessing and monitoring the state of the informatics infrastructure to identify vulnerable areas; reviewing dissemination release procedures and processes; ensuring data stewardship and confidentiality of microdata used for statistical and research purposes; ensuring IT security policies, practices and procedures are up to date and take into consideration mitigation strategies related to the adoption of new technologies as well as shared responsibilities with other departments; monitoring program-area informatics infrastructure through quality reviews, evaluations and business continuity plans to ensure back-up processes, systems and technologies are in place where necessary; and providing training and promoting awareness to Statistics Canada employees on matters related to the security of classified and designated information.
All programs are affected.
Common tools and government wide priorities Statistics Canada is responding to government-wide priorities and is working towards their implementation. At present, the Agency is not using any of the software tools that have been prescribed for corporate systems—i.e., the back-office systems that support human resource and financial administration and records management. The Agency's existing systems are efficient by any standard and, in the short term, re-assigning staff from core activities to implement new systems would pose a risk to providing the statistical program. In 2014/2015, the Agency continued to contribute its time and knowledge by actively participating in the government-wide governance bodies and working groups for the financial management transformation initiative. Statistics Canada strongly believes that the experience and knowledge it has brought to managing in an integrated and efficient fashion has helped shape a robust government-wide transformation plan in this domain.

This risk was identified in the Report on Plans and Priorities in 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

This risk is being mitigated by means of a number of strategies. These strategies, identified in the Agency's Corporate Risk Profile for 2012/2013 to 2013/2014, include active participation in government-wide working groups related to the adoption of common tools; maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders and partners in central agencies; ensuring ongoing communication between representatives from Agency program areas, Corporate Services, Informatics, and Information Management; coordinating IT services to support multiple initiatives to meet corporate business needs; planning the implementation of GCDOCS; having dedicated project managers and following the Departmental Project Management Framework; and establishing rigorous corporate change management processes, with appropriate support, training and communication tools for managers and employees.
All programs are affected.
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