During the 2013–14 fiscal year, Statistics Canada will continue to meet the most critical statistical information needs of Canada's citizens and decision-makers. This past year, while delivering the savings required under Budget 2012, Statistics Canada continued its tradition of delivering a steady stream of high-quality key indicators on the country's economic, social and environmental health, on budget, and in accordance with pre-announced schedules. The most notable accomplishment of the past year was the release of results from the 2011 Census of Population for geographic areas that range from as large as the nation to as small as a city block.
In the coming fiscal year, Statistics Canada will publish results from the 2011 National Household Survey, which will provide details on the cultural, social and economic characteristics of the population for both large and small geographical areas across the country. Results of the 2012 Survey of Financial Security will also be published, and they will provide critical insights into the wealth of Canadian households to supplement existing annual data on incomes. In addition, work will continue on enhancing the Consumer Price Index program, and on further developing the Agency's environmental statistics. Other critical priorities include:
- planning and initial development of the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture
- developing and implementing a new dissemination model for Statistics Canada's information, which will incorporate new technologies, encourage the re-dissemination of data and value-added products by other organizations, and align the Agency's dissemination program with the Government of Canada Open Data Initiative
- expanding the use of administrative data, both to reduce the survey burden on households and businesses, and to develop new statistical products and services.
Also, Statistics Canada will aggressively pursue its ongoing program to renew its structure, business processes, and systems to increase their efficiency and robustness, and to allow more rapid responses to demands for new statistical programs or products. The Agency will also seek out opportunities to build new partnerships that further enhance the national statistical system.
It is with great pride that I present Statistics Canada's 2013–14 Report on Plans and Priorities.
Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada