Minister: James Moore
Deputy head: Wayne R. Smith
Ministerial portfolio: Industry
Year established: The Dominion Bureau of Statistics was established in 1918. In 1971, with the revision of the Statistics Act, the Agency became Statistics Canada.
Main legislative authorities:
Other: Under theStatistics Act, Statistics Canada is required 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."
Statistics Canada has two main objectives: (1) to provide statistical information and analysis about Canada's economic and social structure to develop and evaluate public policies and programs; and improve public and private decision-making for the benefit of all Canadians; (2) to promote sound statistical standards and practices by using common concepts and classifications to provide better quality data; working with the provinces and territories to achieve greater efficiency in data collection and less duplication; reducing the burden on respondents through greater use of data-sharing agreements (sources used include annual tax records, monthly employee payroll records and customs records); and improving statistical methods and systems through joint research studies and projects.
Statistics Canada's head office is located in Ottawa. There are regional offices across the country — in Halifax, Sherbrooke, Montréal, Toronto, Sturgeon Falls, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. Canadians can follow the Agency on Twitter, and share content on the Agency's Facebook and YouTube accounts.