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.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)—Cost-recovered Statistical Services 2014/2015
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
0 0 0 0 0
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])—Cost-recovered Statistical Services 2014/2015
Planned Actual Difference (actual minus planned)
785 562 −223

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 contributed approximately $90 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 Budgetary Financial Resources table are presented net of respendable revenue in accordance with government-wide presentation standards; planned revenues are shown less equivalent expenditures, for a net authority of zero.

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 (785 FTEs), while actual revenues were at $84 million (562 FTEs). FTEs also vary slightly as a result of 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.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned—Cost-recovered Statistical Services

2014/2015 activities

  • The program continued to produce high-quality cost-recovered statistical services to meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. These services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics, Socio-economic Statistics, Censuses, and Statistical Infrastructure. Projects included developing a provincial and territorial Culture Satellite Account, facilitating research through the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research, conducting surveys such as the Canadian Financial Capability Survey, producing a new edition of Women in Canada, and providing technical assistance and training to various countries. 

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.

Performance Indicators—Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics. The information is grouped by Sub-program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Government policy makers and others use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics Volume of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 100 107
Value of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 14,300,000 18,563,757
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 64

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

2014/2015 activities

  • Statistics Canada maintained a responsive and diverse portfolio of cost-recovery work related to Economic and Environmental Statistics to meet information requirements and demands beyond what is available from the Agency's base-funded program. By conducting several ongoing, new or ad hoc surveys, and developing other types of customized statistical information products (such as impact studies and special indexes), the Agency catered to the growing information needs of several organizations while enriching the statistical system as a whole.
  • Sponsors included a number of federal government departments—such as Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and the Treasury Board Secretariat—as well as provincial organizations.
  • The macroeconomic accounts program expanded its cost-recovery program, its main focus being in the area of culture statistics, where the development of a provincial and territorial Culture Satellite Account engaged a number of stakeholders associated with provincial and territorial organizations. These stakeholders were also engaged in the development of the National Culture Satellite Account.
  • In addition, the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER) facilitated 61 research projects involving 136 researchers. CDER also facilitated a number of data development projects, most notably the creation of quarterly firm entry and exit statistics, the linkage of pollutant release and firm performance data, the creation of a longitudinal agricultural census, and the development of a file on the costs of surface transportation.
  • Microsimulation projects were completed for international and domestic clients.
  • The program met all targets.

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 customised sets of assumptions, demographic projections and micro-simulations are also included in this program.

Performance Indicators—Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics. The information is grouped by Sub-program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
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 90 233
Value of cost-recovery household surveys and other data development and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada 50,800,000 46,562,563
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 48

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

2014/2015 activities

  • Statistics Canada restructured the Research Data Centres' information delivery system and conducted cost-recovery activities related to socio-economic statistics, including: the Canadian Financial Capability Survey; the Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey; the Ontario Child Health Study; the Public Service Employee Survey; the Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience in Canada; other data development and analysis for federal government departments, provincial and territorial governments, and the not-for-profit sector; and microsimulation projects for international and domestic clients.
  • Statistics Canada conducted a feasibility study to develop new tools to evaluate competencies in the public sector in Nunavut. The first component of the Nunavut Inuit Labour Force Assessment project will be carried out in 2015/2016.
  • Through the support of Public Safety Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Justice Canada, and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the victimization cycle of the General Social Survey benefited from an oversample of respondents in the provinces and from a sample large enough to produce key indicators by individual territory.
  • Statistics Canada signed a multi-year agreement with a consortium of departments to produce the seventh edition of Women in Canada. In addition, the first chapter was released—on the topic of general demographic trends affecting women.
  • An extensive series of CANSIM tables based on the Longitudinal Immigration Database was released. These were updated through support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • The program met the target for the volume of cost-recovery work. Revenues vary year over year and are often a reflection of the typical survey cycle, where collection years are more costly. In 2014/2015, a number of cost-recovery projects were in the development or dissemination phase.

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.

Performance Indicators—Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses. The information is grouped by Sub-program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
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 4
Value of cost-recovery and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada related to the censuses 8,400,000 8,182,179
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 100

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

2014/2015 activities

  • The program continued to produce high-quality cost-recovered outputs to meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients.
  • Census data continue to be much in demand through cost-recovery services. The program significantly exceeded its target for returning Statistics Canada clients. The cost-recovery volume of the program is cyclical in nature and dependent on user requirements. The numbers for 2014/2015 were marginally short with respect to volume and value targets.

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 Research Data Centres 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.

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/imaging, coding and access to Statistics Canada's microdata files, customized to meet their needs Data capture and coding meet predefined requirements outlined in service level agreements including quality, delivery dates and cost 80% 91%
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, RDCs and other institutions 2,190 2,386

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

2014/2015 activities

  • As a member of the international statistical community, Statistics Canada actively participates in developing statistical methods, standards and techniques. The Agency engages with international organizations and other countries, to support Canada's international responsibilities in statistics, offer technical assistance, and to enhance its own statistical program. In 2014/2015, Statistics Canada continued its work providing training to various African, Latin American and Caribbean countries. This work has led to the implementation of at least 20 action plans through various assistance activities.
  • The program met all performance targets.

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

This sub-program is no longer used. Internal Services are treated as indirect costs and, as such, are embedded in sub-programs 5.1 to 5.4, where outputs are generated and performance can be measured.

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