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Table 1a - Summary of progress against priorities
Priority Type Footnote 1 Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Deliver the ongoing statistical program 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
Description
Why is this a priority?
  • 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.” Statistics Canada also 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 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.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Deliver the ongoing program of economic and social indicators.
  • Undertake final planning and initial implementation of the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture.
  • Make significant investments in the redesign of a number of major programs such as the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Labour Force Survey.
  • Develop, conduct and maintain a robust quality-assurance program.
  • Ensure that all survey documentation is up-to-date so that data users can properly interpret and use these data.
  • Use social media platforms to better inform data users and other stakeholders about developments in Statistics Canada's program.
Table 1b - Summary of progress against priorities
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Respond to the emerging and evolving information needs of data users and stakeholders 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?
  • To maintain the relevance of its programs, Statistics Canada must respond to the evolving information needs of its data users and other stakeholders.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Introduce or pilot new surveys in areas such as advanced technologies, children's health, job vacancies and wages.
  • Enhance the coordination and documentation of consultations with users and stakeholders.
  • Redesign major survey programs to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness.
  • Continue to introduce and implement relevant standards such as the new International Monetary Fund standard for government finance statistics.
Table 1c - Summary of progress against priorities
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Operate a responsive program that effectively satisfies ad hoc statistical requests on a cost-recovery basis Ongoing
  • Specific client needs for high-quality and timely statistical services are met.
  • Cost-recovered Statistical Services
Description
Why is this a priority?
  • By undertaking cost-recovery work, Statistics Canada can meet the needs of users (federal, provincial and territorial institutions and other clients) where the data are not provided as part of a core program. In so doing, Statistics Canada can also fulfill its second strategic outcome—namely that specific client needs for high-quality and timely statistical services are met.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Ensure that Statistics Canada's Centre for Special Business Projects and Special Surveys Division continue to be centres of expertise and coordination in providing cost-recovery services related to business statistics and social statistics.
  • Continue moving Statistics Canada's research data centres, with the support of Shared Services Canada, towards a centralized thin-client Footnote 2 information technology infrastructure. (Statistics Canada operates 27 research data centres across the country to meet the growing demand from academic, government and private-sector researchers for access to detailed microdata.)
Table 1d - Summary of progress against priorities
Priority Type Strategic Outcome(s) and/or Program(s)
Enhance the efficiency, responsiveness and robustness of the Agency's operations 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 must always exercise sound stewardship of the funds entrusted to it by Canadians.
  • Statistics Canada must make itself ready to mount new programs quickly and deliver quality results in useful time frames for decision-makers.
  • Canadians and Canadian institutions expect Statistics Canada to minimize the burden placed on them through surveys.
Plans for meeting the priority
  • Continue with the Corporate Business Architecture initiative and develop approaches and strategies to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies by standardizing, harmonizing, and re-using solutions where appropriate.
  • Enhance and update the Departmental Investment Plan to make it comprehensive and to ensure the long-term viability of programs.
  • Maintain strong recruitment and development programs to ensure a highly effective, engaged and innovative work force.
  • Continue to support cross-government initiatives such as Open Government.
  • Increase the use of administrative data to complement survey data where appropriate.
  • Continue to improve the timeliness of statistical outputs.

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Footnotes

Footnote 1

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; new—newly committed to in the reporting year of the RPP.

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Footnote 2

A thin client is a device that relies on its server to perform data processing and storage functions. The benefits are improved maintenance and security due to central administration of the hardware and software.

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