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.

Table 1 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014/2015 Main Estimates 2014/2015 Planned Spending 2015/2016 Planned Spending 2016/2017 Planned Spending
0 0 0 0
Table 2 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents)
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
785 785 785

The Agency's statistical program is funded from two sources: direct parliamentary appropriations and cost-recovery activities. In recent years, 'respendable' cost-recovery revenues have generally contributed more than $100 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 Financial Resources table are presented net of respendable revenue based on government-wide presentation standards. All numbers in the Human Resources table include FTE's funded by respendable revenue. For information on the Cost-recovered Statistical Services Program, please refer to the Departmental Spending Trend chart in Section 1, Figure 1.

Planning highlights

By undertaking cost-recovery work, Statistics Canada fulfills its second strategic outcome, and ensures that data are made available to all Canadians. Key federal departments, such as Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics. These include surveys, microdata linkages, special tabulations, impact studies, satellite accounts and associated studies. The Centre for Special Business Projects has been created to provide a centre of expertise and coordination in providing cost-recovery services related to business statistics.

Several federal departments and provincial and territorial governments also rely on Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services for socio-economic statistics. The federal departments include Employment and Social Development Canada, Industry Canada, the Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada and the Department of National Defence. Services used include cost-recovery surveys, microdata linkages, microsimulation modelling, tabulations and feasibility studies. Special Surveys Division is the centre of expertise in coordinating and providing cost-recovery services related to social statistics.

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.

Table 3 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014/2015 Planned Spending 2015/2016 Planned Spending 2016/2017 Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 4 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents)
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
185 185 185
Table 5 Performance Measurement
Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Measurement. The information is grouped by Sub-program
Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Date to be Achieved (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics Volume of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 100 March 31, 2015
Value of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 14,300,000 March 31, 2015
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 March 31, 2015

Planning highlights

Key federal departments, such as Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Natural Resources Canada, as well as Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, continually use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics. This includes custom surveys, microdata linkages, special tabulations and impact studies.

During 2013/2014, all cost-recovery services were delivered to their clients as contracted. Several surveys or programs were conducted: their results helped policy makers better understand and support Canadian businesses based on statistical evidence. Another example of special projects is the Linkable File Environment, an environment that contains a number of databases that are linkable (rather than permanently linked), used to complete impact studies for the Regional Development Agencies of Canada in 2013/2014. A new remoteness index was developed for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and other departments in support of program delivery.

Planned activity: Undertake cost-recovery activities related to Economic and Environmental Statistics

Statistics Canada is firmly committed to offering and delivering a wide range of specialized and customized statistical services of high value to its community of clients. The Agency's statistical infrastructure and expertise offer cost-effective solutions to the statistical needs of a wide range of organizations. The Centre for Business Special Projects has been created to provide a centre of expertise and coordination for cost-recovery services related to business statistics. In addition, the Centre for Data Development and Economic Research has been created to provide controlled access to business microdata for research purposes on a cost-recovery basis.

Some of the linked data set using social data and vital statistics are available in the RDCs. Other organizations, including the Canadian Partnership against Cancer and Cancer Care Ontario, as well as academic researchers, also use these services.

Developing and publishing satellite accounts and associated studies includes regularly publishing a tourism satellite account and associated data releases, developing a culture satellite account and publishing estimates on the underground economy. Impact studies based on the input–output model and specialized input–output modelling are also important activities for the branch.

Specifically
2014/2015

  • Conduct impact studies for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec regions.
  • Conduct surveys in the areas of energy, agriculture, manufacturing, culture, science and technology.
  • Update and refine the input-output model to incorporate recent changes in the structure of the System of National Accounts.
  • Complete feasibility studies on the culture satellite accounts and on provincializing the human resource module of the tourism satellite accounts.
  • Results from the Ontario First Nations Point-of-Sale Rebate Survey will be published in the spring of 2014. Data on the value of this rebate will be used by the Ontario Ministry of Finance and Finance Canada to ensure that the provincial share of the Harmonized Sales Tax is allocated correctly.
  • The New Brunswick Wage Rate Survey produces estimates on wages paid to full-time workers in specific occupations and industries across New Brunswick for the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. Results from this survey will be available in the summer of 2014.
  • In partnership with Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, several agriculture surveys will be conducted, including the Farm Financial Survey, to meet the information needs of these two departments.

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

Table 6 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014/2015 Planned Spending 2015/2016 Planned Spending 2016/2017 Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 7 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents)
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
463 463 463
Table 8 Performance Measurement
Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Measurement. The information is grouped by Sub-program
Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Date to be Achieved (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
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 March 31, 2015
Value of cost-recovery household surveys and other data development and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada 50,800,000 March 31, 2015
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 March 31, 2015

Planning highlights

Statistics Canada also works in partnership with other organizations to allow the greatest possible public benefit from the Agency's microdata holdings, while ensuring that the confidentiality of information provided by Canadians is protected. To meet the growing demand from academic, government and private sector researchers for access to detailed microdata, Statistics Canada operates RDCs in 26 universities, the Yellowknife Institute for Circumpolar Health Research and a Federal RDC in Statistics Canada's head office in Ottawa. The detailed microdata files are required for more in-depth research purposes and, because they contain confidential information, can only be accessed from Statistics Canada's secure research facilities, the RDCs, by Statistics Canada's employees or people deemed to be employees for the purposes of the Statistics Act. The program has grown significantly: from 9 RDCs in 2001 to 27 in 2013; from 71 active research projects in 2001 to approximately 800 active research projects in 2013, and from 6 datasets in 2001 to over 200 in 2013. In its history, the RDC program has provided access to over 3,200 research projects. Statistics Canada is restructuring the information delivery system for the RDCs to reduce duplication of effort of maintaining data collections in each RDC.

The Centre for Data Development and Economic Research, opened last year to offer secure access to business microdata to qualified researchers for statistical research purposes, welcomed its first users from outside the federal government community, improving Statistics Canada's ability to meet client demands for statistical services.

In addition, Statistics Canada offers microdata products for public use that are standardized and searchable. These are offered through the Data Liberation Initiative for research in postsecondary institutes and through the Access to Public Use Microdata Files project for government, private sector and international research.

For detailed and relatively fast access to microdata for answering urgent government questions, Statistics Canada has developed the Real Time Remote Access program. This program provides, to authorized researchers, desktop remote access to the detailed microdata files that are held securely within Statistics Canada. A researcher submits code and produces output that is automatically vetted for confidentiality, and then receives back screened public information. The Real Time Remote Access project has been joined with a corporate initiative to standardize table production for customized tabulation requests through client service areas. A four-year funded project is underway to create the Generalized Tabulation Tool, which will be used by all divisions that produce cost-recovery customized tabulations.

Planned activity: Restructure the Research Data Centres' information delivery system

A mid- to long-term goal of the RDC program is to move to a centralized thin-client IT infrastructure, which will ensure better control over confidential data and be consistent with activities in other countries such as the United States and New Zealand. To be able to move to a thin-client model, a number of aspects of the operation need to be centralized and standardized. Following the new information management (IM) policy, the proposed project will result in one central shared copy of the microdata to meet the specific IM requirement for retaining research data indefinitely. The project will implement confidentiality requirements and automate tasks for the repository by integrating metadata with a centralized active directory managed at head office. At the same time, Statistics Canada will develop and test the thin-client IT infrastructure in a research environment.

Specifically
2014/2015

  • Design and configure thin client architecture for a proof of concept and pilot.
  • Design an architecture that will meet the RDCs' identified risk levels.

Planned activity: Undertake cost-recovery activities related to Socio-economic Statistics

In 2012, Canada participated in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, which assessed literacy skills in 22 countries. An international report will be produced in the fall of 2013. A number of analytical studies of the Canadian data will subsequently be released, focusing on specific themes or segments of the population. Results of the Program for International Student Assessment will also be released.

To respond to government needs, several cost-recovery surveys will be conducted on education (e.g., access to education) or economic well-being (e.g., material deprivation), and on health (e.g., mental health and living with a chronic disease). To reduce response burden and provide information at a more granular level, a number of partners have expressed an interest in providing their own administrative files, which could be used in conjunction with other administrative data files or surveys to provide information for current policy needs. A record linkage environment for social surveys has been developed, and a few pilot projects will be conducted.

Specifically
2014/2015

  • Conduct surveys and microdata linkages in the areas of health, justice, education, labour, social and economic statistics.
  • Conduct microsimulation modeling in the area of demographic statistics, rebasing the projections on new data from the 2011 Census of Population and the 2011 National Household Survey.

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.

Table 9 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014/2015 Planned Spending 2015/2016 Planned Spending 2016/2017 Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 10 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents)
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
6 6 6
Table 11 Performance Measurement
Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Measurement. The information is grouped by Sub-program
Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Date to be Achieved (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
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 March 31, 2015
Value of cost-recovery and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada related to the censuses 8,400,000 March 31, 2015
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50 March 31, 2015

Planning highlights

The Census of Population Program provides standard data products free of charge meeting a wide variety of users' needs, however not all data requests can be accommodated within the existing budget.   Custom services enable Census of Population Program's data products to be tailored to more demanding and complex requests. Custom tabulations are continually produced to meet the needs of clients according to their requirements in terms of content, geography, format and output medium, including derivation of new variables, creation of customized geographic products and workplace coding.

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 RDC 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.

Table 12 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014/2015 Planned Spending 2015/2016 Planned Spending 2016/2017 Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 13 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents)
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
103 103 103
Table 14 Performance Measurement
Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Measurement. The information is grouped by Sub-program
Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Date to be Achieved (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government, institutions and private sector clients use the services for data capture and 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% March 31, 2015
Number of universities and federal departments receiving access to microdata files 85 March 31, 2015
Number of microdata files and public use microdata files available in Canadian universities, RDCs and other institutions 2190 March 31, 2015

Planning highlights

Among the high quality cost-recovered outputs related to statistical infrastructure produced by this sub-program, the highlight for this year is the delivery of the International Statistical Fellowship Program. 

Planned activity: Deliver the International Statistical Fellowship Program

The International Statistical Fellowship Program is a five-year initiative led by Statistics Canada and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) to strengthen national statistical systems in developing countries. The program focuses on enhancing managerial skills and strategic organizational action plans so that senior statisticians are better positioned to lead their organizations.

The International Statistical Fellowship Program addresses gaps in leadership and management of national statistical offices and systems in 30 countries across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean by creating capacity to produce reliable statistics. Participating countries have reported better evidence-based policy-making, better measurement of development results through statistical measurement of economic and social data, and the development of organizational action plans to apply the learning gained in the training project.

Specifically
2014/2015

  • Deliver training to 10 additional Central American and South American countries.
  • Follow-up with past participants to provide support in realizing program goals and to provide technical assistance as needed.

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

Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered outputs related to Internal Services that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. Examples include the analysis of the Public Service Employee Survey and workforce analysis for federal departments.

Table 15 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014/2015 Planned Spending 2015/2016 Planned Spending 2016/2017 Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 16 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents)
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
28 28 28
Table 17 Performance Measurement
Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Measurement. The information is grouped by Sub-program
Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Date to be Achieved (appearing as column headers).
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to Internal Services Products meet predefined requirements outlined in service level agreements including quality, delivery dates and cost 80% March 31, 2015

Planning highlights

This program activity reflects the portion of the revenues recovered from the Contribution to Indirect Costs across all the other program activities to cover Statistics Canada's internal services costs to support cost-recovery programs.

There are no external cost-recovery services related to Internal Services for 2014/2015 planned at this time.

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