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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 Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Deliver a comprehensive set of statistical programs in conformity with 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
Why is this a priority?
  • Statistics Canada's strategic outcomes focus on ensuring that Canadians have access to an independent 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.
  • Complete the Consumer Price Index enhancement project.
  • Complete an evaluation of the existing environmental statistics program against the recently-completed framework and the identification and prioritization of program gaps.
  • Make significant investments in the redesign of major survey programs to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness.
  • Conversion of 60 business surveys to the new Integrated Business Statistics Program in 2014, followed by additional surveys in the following two years.
  • Fully integrate Government Finance Statistics data with other Canadian System of National Accounts products and disseminate public sector statistics based on this international standard.
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 Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Final planning and initial implementation of the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture programs 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
  • Census of Population
  • Census of Agriculture
  • Statistical Infrastructure
Why is this a priority?
  • Statistics Canada has constitutional and legislative obligations to conduct a Census of Population and a legal requirement to conduct 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 2012/2013.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • In 2014/2015, Census of Population staff will be planning, developing and testing systems and processes in advance of the 2016 Censuses.
  • In 2015/2016, the major activities required to prepare for the 2016 Census of Population Program include gazetting the final 2016 Census of Population questionnaire content; printing approximately 50 million census questionnaires and letters; producing nearly 100,000 maps and census field operations training material; and acquiring and fitting up field operations facilities.
  • In 2016/2017, activities will include completing Census of Population Program collection operations and processing of census returns; implementation of a public communications plan; hiring and training of approximately 35,000 field and processing staff; and releasing population and dwelling counts.
  • Complete planning, including submission of content proposal, and continue system development for the 2016 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 Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Undertake a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative and other alternative data sources to complement or supplement the Agency's census and survey programs in order to reduce program costs and response burden, or to make more data 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
Why is this a priority?
  • Administrative records are data collected for the purpose of carrying out various non-statistical programs. Examples include income tax records, employment insurance records, health records and birth registrations.
  • Administrative data help 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. Furthermore, administrative and secondary data sources yield the potential to develop cost-effective data sources on new and emerging issues without increasing response burden when compared with traditional statistical surveys.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Review to be carried out jointly with other federal, provincial and territorial departments and agencies.
  • Examine whether significant gains could be made: (1) if administrative programs and data collections were modified to better support statistical uses; (2) if greater engagement could be secured from provinces and territories; and (3) if existing legislative and policy frameworks were modified to strongly support the statistical use of administrative data sources.
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 Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
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
Why is this a priority?
  • Statistics Canada's Corporate Business Architecture (CBA) initiative, launched in 2009, is pursuing the objectives of increasing the efficiency, robustness and responsiveness of the Agency's organizational structure, business processes and business systems.
  • 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 centrally funded and are necessary to maintain an ongoing, Agency-wide review of Statistics Canada's corporate business architecture.
  • The CBA is implemented 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. By consolidating processes and standardizing systems where necessary, Statistics Canada can achieve cost savings and still maintain the highest standards of quality and timeliness in the delivery of its services.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Deliver major elements of Corporate Business Architecture transformation projects including, but not limited to, the Integrated Business Statistics Program, Social Survey Processing Environment, Administrative Data Secretariat and the Administrative Process Review and Automation projects.
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 Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Continue development of the state-of-the-art, user-centric dissemination model that aligns with the principles of the Government of Canada's Open Government initiative / Participate in Government of Canada transformation initiatives 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
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 continue to maintain and further develop the Government of Canada Open Data Portal.
  • Social media are also now sufficiently pervasive for Statistics Canada to use them to increase efficiency of data dissemination and to keep stakeholders better informed of program developments. Social media platforms, blog discussions, ‘chat with an expert' sessions and videos providing highlights of major releases are among the engagement tools that will continue to be used.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Continue development and testing of the Agency's New Dissemination Model, including user consultation and online beta testing.
  • Simplify and streamline the data holdings of the Agency, improve the way they are organized and presented on the website, adopt common tools for census and non census data and introduce Web data services for all aggregate data sources.
  • Operate and enhance the Open Data Portal on behalf of the Government of Canada.
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 Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Foster excellence in employee performance 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
Why is this a priority?
  • A strong focus on its workforce is another hallmark of Statistics Canada. Fostering excellence in employee performance ensures that all employees are able to contribute fully to the objectives and goals of the Agency, perform to the best of their abilities and offer the best service possible to Canadians.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Continued implementation of the requirements of the new Government of Canada Directive on Performance Management.
  • Focused training for managers, supervisors and employees to ensure they adopt the new performance management process and best practices (e.g. coaching, having difficult conversations, talent management, etc.).
  • Ongoing integration of departmental review panels and the new probation management/attestation process.
  • Continued development of functional and technical competencies for all core positions to be integrated into performance management and learning and development programs.
  • Continue focused communications to ensure the Agency adopts sound performance management practices.
  • Develop the approach for an Agency-wide talent management strategy.

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Type is defined as follows: previously committed to—committed to in the first or second fiscal year prior to the subject year of the report; ongoing—committed to at least three fiscal years prior to the subject year of the report; and new—newly committed to in the reporting year of the RPP or DPR. If another type that is specific to the department is introduced, an explanation of its meaning must be provided.

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