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The following tables summarize Statistics Canada's priorities, along with a list of planned activities and links to the Program Alignment Architecture, and to the strategic outcomes. The priorities take into account the fundamental mandate of the organization. Detailed information, by program, on planned activities, indicators, targets and timelines is presented in Section 2.

Table 1
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency's priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and programs.
Priority Type 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
Description
Why is this a priority?
  • Statistics Canada's strategic outcomes focus on ensuring that Canadians have access to a trusted source of statistics that meets their highest priority information needs, along with those of specific clients, for high-quality and timely statistical services.
  • The Statistics Act directs the Agency to "collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic, and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada." Those duties include producing gross domestic product (GDP) and other topical economic data, as well as current high-quality data on key areas of social policy concern, such as employment, education, health and justice.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Deliver ongoing program of economic indicators.
  • Deliver ongoing program of social statistics.
  • Support data needs for key policies and initiatives.
  • Release the results from the 2011 National Household Survey.
  • Enhance the Consumer Price Index program to better serve the needs of the household, business and public sectors.
  • Release the results from the 2012 Survey of Financial Security.
  • Release the results from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey.
Table 2
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency's priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and programs.
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Planning for the 2016 Census of Population Program and the Census of Agriculture 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
  • Censuses
  • Statistical Infrastructure
Description
Why is this a priority?
  • Statistics Canada has a legislated mandate to perform a Census of Population and a Census of Agriculture every five years. The last censuses were conducted in 2011. Planning and development for the next censuses, in 2016, began in 2012–13.
  • The censuses produce a statistical portrait of the Canadian population and the agriculture sector. The data are widely used by all levels of government to support legislation, regulations, policies and programs. They are used in many ways; e.g., to allocate resources, to develop new policies and programs, to improve service delivery, and to monitor and evaluate performance.
  • The Census of Population data are the backbone of the wider social statistics system. Census data serve as the basis for the Population Estimates Program, which in turn serves legislative needs, such as regulations under the Federal–Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. Census data are used to benchmark various social and household surveys to improve the effectiveness and quality of other social and household surveys. The Census of Agriculture forms the foundation of the agriculture statistics program, providing the frame information and the benchmarks to improve the accuracy and to complement the survey program.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Continue evaluating the 2011 Censuses of Population and Agriculture, and the National Household Survey. The results from the evaluation, along with the findings of the review of international methodological approaches that took place in 2012-13, will enable Statistics Canada to frame specific options for the 2016 Census Programs.
  • Continue user consultation as part of the Census Metropolitan Area and Census Agglomeration Review to ensure census geographic concepts continue to be relevant.
  • Develop a collection methodology that uses the Internet as the primary mode of data collection.
  • Investigate how administrative sources could improve the quality and effectiveness of the 2016 Census of Population Program or could reduce respondent burden.
  • Investigate how administrative sources and technologies, such as remote sensing and tax data could reduce respondent burden and improve the quality and effectiveness of the agriculture statistics program, including the Census of Agriculture.
Table 3
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency's priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and programs.
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Make highest-priority investments necessary to ensure the continuity and to maintain the quality of the existing statistical program, including supporting the infrastructure

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
Description
Why is this a priority?
Statistics Canada is responsible for producing relevant and high-quality statistics. To provide the greatest possible value to Canadians, operating at the highest level of efficiency is a permanent priority. Maintaining the quality and continuity of all statistical and support programs by focusing on long-term planning is fundamental to the Agency achieving its strategic outcome.

These investments are funded by the Corporate Business Architecture (CBA) Footnote 1, an ongoing Agency-wide review of business architecture. The CBA is carried out through a number of internal projects designed to foster an environment of integration and efficiency, achieving cost savings, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality and timeliness in the delivery of services.

Plans for meeting the priority
  • Continuously improve the multi-year investment plan to ensure the efficiency, continuity and quality of all statistical and support programs.
  • Continue to fund the needed investments for program continuity and quality.
  • Monitor the Agency's most significant projects using the Departmental Project Management Framework and related tools.
  • Further align the program-evaluation process with Treasury Board policies and directives.
  • Continue to strengthen the corporate information management framework.
Table 4
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency's priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and programs.
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Develop a state-of-the-art user-centric dissemination model that aligns with the principles of the Government of Canada Open Government initiative 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
  • Statistical Infrastructure
  • Economic and Environmental Statistics
  • Socio-economic Statistics
  • Censuses
Description
Why is this a priority?
To better meet the needs of data users, Statistics Canada is fundamentally realigning its dissemination model. The goal is to modernize the Agency's current methods and framework for providing self-serve data to the public via the Statistics Canada website that is free of cost, free of licensing restrictions, and easily accessible and downloadable, thereby aligning with Open Data principles. In partnership with Treasury Board Secretariat, Statistics Canada will develop a proposal to assume responsibility for the Government of Canada Open Data Portal. The Agency will leverage the ability and willingness of other organizations to re-disseminate its data to make official statistics more widely available, and available in forms and presentations more adaptable to their needs.

Social media are also now sufficiently pervasive for Statistics Canada to use them to increase efficiency of data dissemination, but also to keep stakeholders better informed of program developments and to provide cost effective user training.

Plans for meeting the priority
  • Initiate the development of the new dissemination model.
  • Develop, test and implement the new Government of Canada Open Data Portal infrastructure and user interface.
Table 5
This table identifies and describes one of the Agency's priorities, and indicates its type and its strategic outcomes and programs.
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Increase the use of administrative data to reduce response burden, improve data quality, and expand data series made 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
Description
Why is this a priority?
Administrative data provide a means to reduce response burden, improve data quality, and provide new information not currently available. Statistics Canada has a long history of using administrative data for economic and social statistics, as well as for census and demographic programs. These data can provide high-quality input, while minimizing the burden on respondents. Statistics Canada recognizes the need to even further reduce the burden on small and medium-sized businesses. Further, administrative and secondary data sources yield the potential to develop cost-effective data sources on new and emerging issues without increasing global response burden when compared with traditional statistical surveys.

Plans for meeting the priority
  • Develop a corporate approach for the governance, acquisition, use and disposition of administrative data.
  • Seek opportunities with other federal departments to obtain administrative data as a means of reducing response burden and expanding information holdings.
  • Leverage the network of provincial/territorial statistical agencies and resources to develop additional national information products based on F/P/T administrative data.
  • Collaborate with international organizations to share best practices and pool research findings to facilitate enhanced use of administrative data.
  • Explore potential for official statistical purposes of transactional data held by private enterprises.
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